Election ballots started arriving in voters’ mailboxes over the weekend. So yep, it’s time to start thinking seriously about the Aug. 6 primary. That’s just two weeks away from now.
One of the fascinating aspects of any election is seeing how the candidates stack up when they are sitting right next to each other in public forums. An ability to talk substantively about policy is key, but nerves generated by the bright lights and body language also tell us a little something about how candidates will stand up to the pressures of the office they are seeking.
Last Thursday, eight of the nine candidates for Seattle mayor gathered at KCTS 9 in Seattle to participate in a live televised debate. No fireworks or clear winners, but it’s a great snapshot of the candidates and their style of communication. Here’s the Seattle Times recap of the July 18 event, which occurred on the same day a KING 5 poll was released showing state Sen. Ed Murray and incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn virtually tied at 22 and 21 percent, respectively. Watch at this link to hear what they have to say about a broad set of pressing issues facing city government, including possible cuts in bus service, Seattle police reforms, and the learning curve each would have to overcome to get the job done.
I know it’s summer and the living is easy, but so is voting. Mark those ballots and postmark them by Aug. 6. The deadline to register to vote is July 29 and you must do so in person at a county election office.
Need some help making your decisions? Check out The Seattle Times editorial board’s list of recommendations. I also highly recommend the news side’s interactive guide to the mayoral race in Seattle.