The August primary is still weeks off but the last dedicated District 3 candidates forum of the pre-primary season was held June 10th. Rather than fill another stuffy auditorium, CHS is going to try to take another route toward political enlightenment and a deeper understanding of the candidates in line to lead the district covering Capitol Hill, the Central District, and that big orange chunk of Central Seattle.
Here’s the plan. CHS will work with readers to compile a 15-question District 3 candidate survey in time to get responses back and published before ballots hit the mail in July.
We’re hoping to make this survey an efficient, simple way for the candidates to communicate direct answers on questions of interest to our readers. Some candidates may also choose to engage more fully in the comments. Some candidates may not reply. We suggest you not vote for those candidates. Unless our questions turn out really, really bad.
Questions will be suggested by CHS readers, selected by CHS editors, and finalized by an online vote before we provide the survey to the campaigns. Candidates are welcome to answer as much or as little of the survey as they wish but unanswered questions will be noted. Answers may be a mix of yes/no and 150 word or less “essay” responses. Answers can be a picture. Answers can be a song.
The first step in this bold experiment in democracy begins now. Please suggest your questions in the CHS comments below by Friday, June 24th noon. Feel free to pile on to the best or suggest refinements. We’ll grab a selection of the most interesting — and most popular — and do some editing before posting a roster for an open vote here on the site. We suggest you find a way to pose your proposed questions in a Twitter-friendly 140 characters or less — because if you don’t, we probably will. You can check character count here, if you need.
Need ideas? The bar chart on this post shows CHS responses to our District 3 priorities survey from earlier this year.