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October 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Voters have a chance with the Nov. 5 ballot, containing many races for local government, to send a message that things are going well or need some adjustment.
Since the summer, Seattle Times editorial board members have been interviewing candidates and campaigns for statewide and local initiatives. We have started to publish our recommendations to voters and will continue in the coming days. Ballots are expected to be mailed around Oct. 17.
If you have questions about King County Elections, call 206-296-VOTE or go to kingcounty.gov/elections.
If you have questions about Snohomish County Elections, call 425-388-3444 or go to the Snohomish County Election division website.
For questions about Washington state elections, go to the Secretary of State election website.
Here are our recommendations for selected races in King and Snohomish counties and for ballot measures.
- City of Seattle endorsements
- King County endorsements
- City of Bellevue endorsements
- Snohomish County endorsements
- State ballot measures and advisory vote endorsements
- State races
City of Seattle:
The two candidates for Seattle mayor are both die-hard progressives. They identify many of the same challenges ahead as the city reaches back to economic vitality. They even share some policy platforms. But the choice becomes clear on their widely different approaches to governing. State Sen. Ed Murray offers a return of pragmatic, effective leadership to City Hall.
August 5, 2013 at 6:06 AM
Add this item to your to-do list: Fill out and mail your primary election ballot. It’s due Tuesday.
You can decide who will advance in the Seattle mayor, Seattle City Council, King County Executive and Metropolitan King County Council races. The most contested race is the most important: the race for Seattle mayor, which has attracted nine candidates.
Choosing to save your vote for the general election in November is like only watching the season finale of “America’s Next Top Model.” The point is to evaluate how candidates respond to and survive the scrutiny of campaigning through the entire season, and give the strong candidates a boost now.
Our editorial board interviewed the candidates and researched them all to help you decide. Here are all of our recommendations to voters.
Here is all the information you need about how to vote from King County Elections.
And here are my top five reasons to vote in Tuesday’s election.
August 2, 2013 at 6:13 AM
Editor’s note: Osa Hale, a Western Washington University student, is an opinion intern this quarter.
I live in the University district. Every morning, on my walk to the bus stop, I encounter a few different types of people. There’s the neighbor walking the dog and taking out the trash; there are the morning joggers, and there are the people sleeping under the awning of the University Christian Church and lining up for the food bank.
There are more than 8,800 people known to be homeless in King County, according to the 2012 One Night Count, a point-in-time census conducted by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Nearly one-third of these people are minors, and at least 400 of them are young adults.
The next Seattle mayor has the responsibility of finding the most cost-effective and thorough way to help these people. The candidates had a few things to say about that task. Everyone made it clear how complex the issue is. But it isn’t enough to talk about why it is so hard to fix this problem. Comprehensive actions need to be taken.
For example, state Sen. Ed Murray emphasized the importance of getting people into housing that meets their needs, whether that is a short-term home to get them back on their feet, or a facility that could care for individuals living with mental illness. Murray mentioned the State Housing Trust Fund, saying it was a program he has helped push money into in an effort to help the homeless. The fund has put nearly $1 billion dollars into housing projects since 1987. If elected mayor, Murray said, he would try to create a partnership that would connect the fund with the private sector and nonprofits.