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November 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Seattle Times reporters for months have analyzed the SeaTac minimum wage initiative, fact-checked campaigns in the race for Seattle mayor, and broken down the science behind genetically engineered food for state Initiative 522.
And that’s just the beginning.
In this post, you can relive our live Election Day coverage as we broke the news and discussed the statewide initiatives and races from Whatcom County, Bellevue, Seattle and everywhere in between.
November 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: King County Executive Dow Constantine was elected to a second term tonight, leading Alan Lobdell 78 percent to 22 percent in tonight’s initial returns.
ORIGINAL POST: King County voters today will decide whether to re-elect County Executive Dow Constantine or replace him with tea party candidate Alan Lobdell.
Constantine’s first four years in office have not been controversial, as he has worked mostly internally to reform how the county is managed. Lobdell raised little money and had few specific criticisms of Constantine’s first term.
August 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Mayor Mike McGinn has scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce additional resources for public safety, but three Seattle City Council members aren’t waiting to see what the mayor has in mind, offering instead their own suggestions this morning about how to reduce violent crime and street disorder.
“Contrary to what the mayor and police commanders say, the police department’s own statistics show an increase in violent crime to the highest level since 2009 in some areas downtown,” wrote Council President Sally Clark and Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Bruce Harrell in a blog post. “… Here are three practical and immediate steps the Mayor should take.”
The blog post then offers the mayor these suggestions:
- “Acknowledge the problem, don’t deny it.”
- “Embrace a continuum of response, including the arrest and prosecution of those causing the most harm.”
- “Police matter, but give them clear and consistent direction.”
After a Metro bus driver was shot Monday, the mayor and West Precinct police Capt. Jim Dermody both suggested violent crime was down downtown. But a Times analysis of police department data shows that’s not the case. The mayor’s Center City Initiative seeks to reduce downtown crime and provide social services while supporting jobs and tourism.
July 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Need some help sorting through the nine candidates for mayor? Our Seattle Times mayoral guide is here, giving you everything you need to make your choice.
Get to know the contenders — their neighborhoods, families and management experience — then get an idea of where they align on the issues facing the city, like transit, police reform and parking rates. Our political reporters will update the guide, as needed, throughout the race, and include links to news and opinion.
Love the Sodo arena and aPodments but hate parking rates and tent cities? Our guide will show you which candidates share those views.
Learn who stands alone on transit planning, and which candidate refused to say whether she has a pet.
We’ll tell you the hurdle each needs to overcome, and their big ideas for making Seattle a better place.
So get ready. Ballots are due Aug. 6.
May 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess has dropped out of the Seattle mayor’s race.
In a statement released this afternoon — hours before the filing deadline — Burgess said the city needs new and visionary leadership, and expressed concern that having too many candidates in the race might hinder that goal.
“Instead, I will continue to serve this city that I love from my position on the City Council, the most rewarding job of my life,” he said in a statement.
Burgess said in an interview he had been reconsidering his candidacy for about 10 days but only made the decision last night. He said he’d heard from business leaders that he would make an outstanding mayor, but would have trouble getting elected in a field of seven other candidates.
“I realized this was going to be a difficult path. “I did not want to dilute our opportunity to have a new mayor.”
As of last week, Burgess had raised $232,000 for his campaign, more than any other candidate.
In an interview with The Times this week, Burgess talked about his strategy for getting through a crowded primary.
“We’re talking to voters across the city. We have strong support from workers and neighborhood business districts, from people concerned about issues in the police department. I have a lot of support from women who care about children and public education and who care very much about how we protect women from domestic violence and sexual assault,” he said.
“I think we continue to meet people around the city and communicate our message. I think voters are looking for someone they can trust, someone who is competent, someone who has a proven record of bringing people together to get things done.”
State Sen. and mayoral candidate Ed Murray said he was surprised by the move. “It obviously shakes up the race,” he said. “I viewed Tim as a strong, knowledgeable opponent.”
He said he’s not yet sure what Burgess’ departure will mean, but “this does narrow the field and puts more focus on those who remain.”
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