People across the nation watched Thursday night as Hillary Clinton accepted the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The bars and restaurants of Pike/Pine were also tuned in. “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come,” Clinton said Thursday night. “When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.”
Pike/Pine was not exactly Clinton turf during the hard-fought Washington caucuses. Massive lines and larger than expected crowds came out that March weekend at Hill caucus sites as Bernie Sanders inspired his own supporters and Clinton voters alike to “Feel the Bern.” Sanders won Capitol Hill, Seattle for what it’s worth. His campaign set up shop up here — a year ago August, he delivered a classic Sanders speech inside the Comet. Sanders also won the 43rd. This week in Philadelphia, however, Sanders said he was ready to support Clinton’s bid to become the first woman to lead the country. “Any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders said.
District 3 City Council member Kshama Sawant took part in a protest outside the convention as Clinton was accepting the nomination. “I’m here because I’m trying to build that political revolution that Bernie Sanders talked about,” Sawant told Democracy Now. On Friday, Sawant appeared on the show to give her reaction to Clinton’s nomination.
For now, Seattle voters have another election to attend to. Tuesday is the August primary. The August ballot features the primary to decide which two candidates go through to fight in November for who will help lead the 43rd District in Olympia. It also features the primary race in the 7th Congressional District to replace retiring Democratic stalwart Jim McDermott. In addition to the top-two primaries in the 7th and 43rd, Capitol Hill voters will be able to cast votes on the proposed $290 million Seattle housing levy, funding twice the size of the current pot used to power affordable housing development in Seattle. Since 1981, Seattle voters have approved property tax levies (of increasing size and duration of time) dedicated to constructing and preserving affordable housing for seniors, low-wage workers, and homeless youth and adults, as well as providing low-income homebuyer assistance. The city Office of Housing boasts that the levy has funded over 12,000 affordable units—by preservation and construction—over its lifetime. Local affordable housing projects such as 12th Ave Arts and the preserved Haines apartments for seniors on E Olive Way have received levy funding. The planned Liberty Bank project will also be partially funded by levy funds.
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UPDATE: 19th Ave E’s Hello Robin knows how to celebrate: