The good-government Municipal League today weighed in on two Seattle ballot measures that have largely gone under the radar. The League’s Foundation Board voted to support a public financing measure for City Council races, Proposition 1, while it opposed a measure to elect seven City Council members by geographic district and two at-large.
Interestingly, those are the exact opposite positions taken by the Seattle Times editorial board in this morning’s paper.
The Muni League called the public financing measure a well-considered effort to bring back a taxpayer-funded system Seattle had in place from 1979 to 1984. “If successfully implemented, [Prop. 1] has the potential to expand the number of qualified candidates and the competitiveness of campaigns,” the Board said in announcing its support.
The Board said on district elections that it was “not persuaded that there is sufficient evidence that the current at-large representation is not working or needs to change.”