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July 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Candidate Survivor offers a spoonful of sugar with your political debate

Candidate Survivor, an annual candidate forum aimed at the city’s under-35 voters, walks a fine line between making fools of the candidates and helping them get the word out about their positions. Or maybe it’s that the candidates struggle to walk a fine line between being foolish and communicating serious information to potential voters. There was a little of both last night when six mayoral candidates ¬†— Mary Martin, Charlie Staadecker and Doug McQuaid did not attend — took the stage.

While the audience drank cocktails and ate popcorn and cotton candy (there was a circus theme), the candidates¬†recited haikus about themselves, answered a series of gotcha questions (“Which of these bus routes is the #72?”) and humble-bragged about smoking pot and skinny dipping in Lake Washington. (Peter Steinbrueck is the only candidate who has done both).

Greenwood neighborhood activist Kate Martin had the most impressive talent: performing a rewritten “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” in cowboy boots and a hat. But Steinbrueck’s performance was particularly confusing to the (mostly) young audience. It seemed to be some kind of Jeopardy magic show. ¬†Turns out he was trying to do a takeoff of Carnac the Magnificent, a Johnny Carson bit. Unfortunately, Johnny Carson’s late-night show went off the air in 1992, when the oldest members of last night’s targeted under-35 audience were in the 8th grade. Any 18-year-olds in the audience were born three years after Carson’s run on the Tonight Show ended.

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July 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Tonight: follow Twitter for updates on Seattle’s offbeat youth forum

Off-year primaries sometimes seem to belong to older voters, who are more likely to cast a ballot Aug. 6. But Washington Bus is working to do something about that, entertaining and engaging young voters at a non-traditional forum called Candidate Survivor. The forum is a mix of serious conversation and silly antics, and I will…

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July 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Staadecker skipping mayoral forum he sees as ‘inconducive to constructive discussion’

With “Candidate Survivor” taking place Tuesday, the hopefuls for Seattle mayor are doubtlessly practicing their singing and dancing moves in the hopes of living up to Tim Burgess’ epic 2011 rap performance. But candidate Charlie Staadecker says the popular and unusual event is “inconducive to constructive discussion” and “diminishing of the candidates and diminishing of…

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