Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates has confirmed 100% candidate participation
Seattle’s new Democracy Voucher program, approved by voters in 2015 and administered by the City of Seattle’s Ethics and Elections Commission, is designed to give the people of Seattle equal opportunity to participate in political campaigns and be heard by candidates. Along with cosponsoring organizations Town Hall Seattle, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, The Municipal League of King County, The Seattle Public Library, and the Washington Bus, the Democracy Voucher Program will host a community-oriented candidate forum in October.
Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates will be held at Rainier Arts Center on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. All 2017 City of Seattle candidates participating in the General Election are confirmed to attend.
“This first year of the Democracy Voucher Program is also the first time this office has sponsored a candidate forum,” says Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. “Nearly 12,000 Seattle residents have returned more than 43,800 Democracy Vouchers to date, and we’ve seen a great deal of interest in the City races for this year’s General Election. We’re excited to partner with Town Hall, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, the Muni League, the Seattle Public Library, and the Washington Bus on Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates.”
The Seattle community is invited to submit questions for the 2017 City of Seattle candidates by visiting surveymonkey.com. Questions may be submitted anytime between now and October 15.
KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate the forum, choosing questions submitted from the Seattle community to ask the candidates. Cerna says, “Just like the Democracy Voucher Program is a way for people who have not been involved in the political process to participate, this south Seattle forum offers the community a chance to get involved by asking candidates about issues that matter to them. I’m looking forward to reading the submissions.”
Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, City Council At-Large Position 8 candidates Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda, City Council At-Large position 9 candidates Lorena González and Pat Murakami, and City Attorney candidates Pete Holmes and Scott Lindsey will all attend. Each race will be on stage separately for 25 minutes, beginning with City Attorney, following with City Council races 8 and then 9, and ending with the Mayor’s race. To make the event more accessible to the community, live interpretation in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and ASL will be available. The event will be filmed by Town Hall Seattle and The Seattle Channel.
Event is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged: only a small number of tickets will be available at the door. Register at townhallseattle.org.