Category Archives: Civics

Nikkita Oliver Wants to Set The Record Straight on Urbanism, Equitable Housing, and Seattle’s Future

by Will Sweger

Local artist, teacher, attorney and activist Nikkita Oliver has led a dynamic campaign in the short weeks since announcing her candidacy for Mayor of Seattle. She’s been endorsed by Larry Gossett, a King County Council Member, and Macklemore. A recent shake up even included the Seattle Times editorial board asking Mayor Ed Murry, embroiled in the midst of sexual-abuse allegations from decades ago, to step down over the threat of increasingly more progressive candidates. Continue reading Nikkita Oliver Wants to Set The Record Straight on Urbanism, Equitable Housing, and Seattle’s Future

Voting Records and Their Constant Scrutiny

by John Colby

As many readers know, Danny Westneat from the Seattle Times wrote a piece highlighting the voting record of current mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver. This was followed by a Facebook post by Ms. Oliver, and a piece for this publication, both of which sought to downplay the point that Mr. Westneat was making. In Ms. Oliver’s case, she has painted this as an attack rooted in race and class. Mr. Taher goes so far as to imply that voting actually doesn’t matter. Continue reading Voting Records and Their Constant Scrutiny

Interview With Mike McGinn: “We’re Not Managing the City for the People Who Are Here”

by Erica C. Barnett

(This interview originally appeared on The C is for Crank and has been republished with permission) 

Last week, former mayor Mike McGinn took many in the local political community by surprise when he announced he was running again for his old position. Although McGinn’s name had certainly circulated in the past as a potential challenger to Mayor Ed Murray, who defeated the then-incumbent in 2013, he always demurred when asked, calling the question of whether he planned to run “unanswerable.” It became answerable, it appears, after a man named Delvonn Heckard sued the mayor, alleging Murray had sexually abused him when Heckard was a teenager in the 1980s. McGinn announced his run with a press conference in his Greenwood backyard and the perplexing campaign slogan “Keep Seattle,” which he told me means “Keep Seattle for people.” I sat down with McGinn on Capitol Hill last week. Continue reading Interview With Mike McGinn: “We’re Not Managing the City for the People Who Are Here”

Healthy Communities Action Plan Encourages Collaboration for a Happier, Healthier International District

by Kamna Shastri

Seattle’s Chinatown/International District is woven with contrasts. Treasures like the Sun May Imports store, with its antique register and buildings like the Kong Yick building on 8th and King, and the Panama Hotel (now a teahouse) on East Main Street burst with history. But alongside the rich stories are public safety concerns and a lack of green space for sore eyes. Plastered to the side of buildings are notices for development projects, like the looming shadow of a proposed 14 story Marriott hotel. The air is laced with pollution from I-5, which splits the neighborhood in two.   Continue reading Healthy Communities Action Plan Encourages Collaboration for a Happier, Healthier International District

Controversy Continues at 37th District Dem Meeting

by John Colby

Ongoing troubles in the 37th District Democratic Party continued last Monday. For those new to the controversy, it stems from a failed attempt to recruit Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) without an election. A combination of state law and Democratic Party bylaws bar individuals who didn’t run for PCO positions from voting after November 30 on appointments and leadership positions.
Continue reading Controversy Continues at 37th District Dem Meeting

‘I Will Continue to be Mayor,’ Vows Ed Murray Amid Accusations

by Joe Copeland and David Kroman

(This article was previously published on Crosscut and has been reprinted with permission)

Responding personally to allegations that he had sexually exploited a teenager in the 1980s, Mayor Ed Murray today called the statements untrue and painful. He pledged to continue leading the city and continue his campaign for re-election this fall. Continue reading ‘I Will Continue to be Mayor,’ Vows Ed Murray Amid Accusations

Grant, Secrest, Mosqueda State Their Case For City Hall

by Alex Garland 

This is the first in our series of interviews with candidates running for Seattle City Council’s Position 8, one of two citywide council seats up for grabs this November. For this round, our interviewer gathered questions from local journalists to ask former Tenants Union Director Jon Grant, King County NAACP Vice- President Sheley Secrest, and labor and immigrants rights advocate Teresa Mosqueda. The three join seven other declared candidates in vying for the position. Grant and Secrest are both South Seattle residents. Continue reading Grant, Secrest, Mosqueda State Their Case For City Hall