2015 begins with challenger Rod Hearne entering the ring to battle the formidable Kshama Sawant to represent Capitol Hill and Central Seattle in the first ever district elections for Seattle’s City Council.
To end 2014, we asked CHS readers to vote for the most important stories of the year. While we don’t think any politicians will take a position on the Starbucks roastery, the results might provide some insight into the political priorities for 2015 around Central Seattle. It seems Sawant is probably onto something:
So if you look at this City Hall, the City Council issued bonds so that we could have these palatial spaces for our city workers. And the City’s going to issue a bond so we can spend a billion—not hundreds of millions—a billion on a new waterfront. And of course we’re issuing bonds so we can house the animals at the zoo, and the fish at the aquarium. But what about people? Why can’t the City Council and the Mayor put general fund revenue into building more affordable housing, and making sure that working people, disabled people, and seniors can stay in Seattle? This is totally outrageous.
There’s probably more to the story of the 2015 District 3 race, however. Below, we’ve provided a roster of categories based partly on existing city council committees. Please let us know where your priorities lay. There are some areas of redundancy so feel free to select as many as apply if, say, you have big expectations for both transportation *and* bikes. There are also probably some significant holes so feel free to add an “other” to the mix. You can view results after submitting your vote and we’ll post the results by District 3 neighborhood in a future update.
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