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The 2021 Seattle Mayor’s Race by the Numbers

by Erica C. Barnett


With just over a month to go before the 2021 Seattle mayoral election, both Lorena González and Bruce Harrell have amassed financial support worth well over a million dollars, including both direct contributions (which are capped at $550) and independent expenditures (which are unlimited). But a closer look at campaign contributions and expenditures reveals key differences between the candidates’ supporters and how they’re spending their campaign funds.

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37th District Dems Endorse Thomas-Kennedy for City Attorney, No Mayoral Endorsement

by Emerald staff


In a marathon session, more than 100 37th District Democrats met for nearly five hours on Zoom on the evening of Monday, Sept. 13, to make the organization’s general election endorsements. Endorsements require a 60% majority and included:

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Harrell Says He’ll Implement Key Provisions of ‘Compassion Seattle’ Measure, Clear Encampments

by Erica C. Barnett

(This article originally appeared on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


At a press conference a few hundred yards from an encampment in Woodland Park on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 2, mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell said that if elected, he would implement the key elements of Charter Amendment 29 — the “Compassion Seattle” ballot measure. A King County Superior Court judge tossed the initiative last week, agreeing with opponents that things like budgets and land-use policy are outside the scope of local ballot measures, but the campaign appealed to the Washington State Court of Appeals, whose ruling could come tomorrow.

Harrell’s “Homelessness Action Plan” would require the City to spend 12% of its general fund on homelessness, build 2,000 new emergency housing (shelter) beds within one year, create individualized “service plans” for every person experiencing homelessness, and, as Harrell put it, “ensure that our city parks, playgrounds, sports fields, public spaces, sidewalks, and streets remain open and clear of encampments.” These proposals are all identical to provisions of Charter Amendment 29, which Harrell supported.

At Thursday’s event, which was billed as a press conference but resembled a campaign rally, Harrell fielded questions primarily from a large group of supporters rather than the assembled press. “If and when you become mayor, how soon can we as Green Lake citizens expect to see these encampments gone?” one supporter asked. “I will say January or February, because I work with a sense of urgency,” Harrell responded.

Another asked how he’d respond to critics who say that his plan would mean sweeping encampments without providing services. “Look at my record,” Harrell responded. “There are no dog whistles. I don’t have a dog whistle. And I say, how dare people say that, when my wife and I’ve been doing this for 20, 30 years.”

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Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates Talk About Post-Pandemic Arts Recovery at Arts Forum

by Mark Van Streefkerk 


On Thursday, eight of Seattle’s mayoral candidates shared their plans for reviving the city’s arts communities at an Arts Forum at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. All the candidates agreed that arts and culture recovery is a necessary component in the city’s overall post-pandemic healing, but each had a different idea of how to go about it. 

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Why I’m The Best Candidate for South Seattle: Lorena González

The Emerald invited top mayoral to tell readers why they deserve South Seattle’s vote. Voters have until Aug. 3 to cast their vote in the primary election.

My Plan for a Thriving South Seattle 

by Lorena González 


I loved living in South Park, one of Seattle’s most vibrant, diverse neighborhoods. Like many of South Seattle’s culturally rich neighborhoods in our city, South Park also suffers disproportionately from the impacts of systemic racism and economic inequality. 

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Why I’m the Best Candidate for South Seattle: Andrew Grant Houston

The Emerald invited top mayoral candidates to tell readers why they deserve South Seattle’s vote. Voters have until Aug. 3 to cast their vote in the primary election.

by Andrew Grant Houston


My name is Andrew Grant Houston, and I am the best candidate for South Seattle because I will take action. I’m not a lawyer or career politician, disconnected from the everyday experience of Seattleites. As a queer, Black, and Latino renter, I am the only candidate who doesn’t own a home. I ride the bus and frequent our small local businesses. We know South Seattle is ready for someone who looks like us, represents the South End, and understands the lived experiences of those most affected by our City’s policies. 

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Why I’m the Best Candidate for South Seattle: Bruce Harrell

The Emerald invited top mayoral candidates to tell readers why they deserve South Seattle’s vote. Voters have until Aug. 3 to cast their vote in the primary election.

by Bruce Harrell


When my parents met in 1951 as teenagers at Garfield High School, they were already the second generation of my family to call southeast Seattle home. My dad had arrived in the Central Area — like many Black families in that era — as a child, his father escaping the Jim Crow South in search of economic self-determination unavailable in his native Louisiana. 

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Why I’m the Best Candidate for South Seattle: Colleen Echohawk

The Emerald invited top mayoral candidates to tell readers why they deserve South Seattle’s vote. Voters will have until Aug. 3 to cast their vote in the primary election.

I’m The Best Candidate for South End Voters Because I See Them

And I see what they’re up against

by Colleen Echohawk


Seattle has a long, deep history of segregation. It’s a story with many chapters and which spans centuries. Until just a few years ago, these stories were mostly viewed “in the past.” But for many of us, those scars are still painful, still visible. And recently, more and more activists and organizers — many from the South End — have been making it clear that the damage is still being done. 

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Why I’m the Best Candidate for South Seattle: Jessyn Farrell

The Emerald invited top mayoral candidates to tell readers why they deserve South Seattle’s vote. Voters will have until Aug. 3 to cast their vote in the primary election.


Seattle’s Next Mayor Must Stop the Epidemic of Gun Violence 

By Jessyn Farrell 

Since the early days of the pandemic, I’ve been in awe of the sacrifices that people across our city have been willing to make to protect each other during a time of crisis. We’ve all lost so much in the last sixteen months, and so many of us are still grieving the absence of a parent, sibling, or close friend. But in reflecting on how our community came together in response to the emergency of COVID-19, I feel anger and sorrow over another epidemic plaguing our community: gun violence. 

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Why I’m The Best Candidate for South Seattle: Casey Sixkiller

The Emerald invited top mayoral candidates to tell readers why they deserve South Seattle’s vote. Voters have until Aug. 3 to  cast their vote in the primary election.

by Casey Sixkiller


South Seattle is ground zero for every challenge and opportunity in our city today. 

From the conditions of our parks, to the widening income and opportunity gaps, to not feeling safe as we walk down the street, Seattle is in a crisis that could soon become uncontainable. Worst of all, our residents and businesses have little faith in the City’s ability to fix it — for good reason. 

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