by Lola E. Peters
Act One was the campaign. We met the players, learned their public backstories, got hints about their character, and were introduced to the context of their stories. Act Two was the primary: a much shorter period where we learned about ourselves. Through social media, on Zoom calls, and over outdoor happy hour snacks we asked, “Who are you voting for?” or “Can you believe so-and-so is voting for so-and-so?” The end of Act Two revealed who were the players representing minor, though no less important, voices but no longer primary participants in the current play. We also learned whose dramatic arcs would move forward to the next act.
Here I sit, in the lobby, looking around at my fellow voters, wondering what they were thinking.
Continue reading OPINION: Political Intermission
by Boting Zhang
As an immigrant from an increasingly oppressive state, make no mistake — I love getting to have elections.
But I sure hate election season.
I used to feel ignorant when pundits confidently dissected policy points. Over time, I grew frustrated as experience showed me that the pundits are often oversimplifying. This year, a new emotion is joining the mix: longing.
What if choosing leaders felt more like the sacred collective experience it could be? Less like patriotic duty and more like a patriotic harvest?
Continue reading OPINION: Embracing Complexity Politics
by Melia LaCour, columnist
Now is the time for urgent action. As we see COVID-19 rampage communities of color and watch the video of Ahmaud Arbery’s senseless murder, we seek leaders who will release their grip on “returning us to normal” and instead move us toward racial justice at every level.
What if that leader could be you?
Continue reading King County Democrats Launch a New Project to Recruit PCOs for Powerful Change
by Chetanya Robinson
Seattle City Councilmembers Tammy Morales (District 2: South Seattle and Chinatown-International District) and Kshama Sawant (District 3: Central Area) say their proposed tax on two percent of the largest businesses in Seattle is intended to address a triple emergency facing the city: homelessness, housing affordability, and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to bring about an economic depression.
“I don’t think any of us have the luxury of not knowing somebody who’s deeply impacted by this crisis,” Morales said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s visceral and it is affecting our neighbors and our friends and our families, and the point of this bill is to try to address some of that suffering.”
Continue reading City Council Weighs Funding Sources for Big Business Tax
by Chetanya Robinson
A new Seattle City Council was sworn in Monday, bringing four new faces behind the dais, three members returning for new terms, and with them, perhaps, a more progressive direction for Seattle politics. Continue reading Morales, New City Council Members Sworn In, Offering New Visions for Seattle and the South End
By Bunthay Cheam
In November, voters will get to decide the fate of affirmative action, which has been at issue in Washington State since the late 1990s.
This past April, the Washington State legislature approved Initiative 1000. Its implementation would repeal Initiative 200, which has banned affirmative action in the state since its passage in 1998. Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman helped bring I-200 to the ballot and more than half of Washington State voters approved it, adding language that prohibited government hiring, contracting, and admissions to universities to use race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in its process.
Two groups have emerged with different interpretations of how I-1000 would be implemented, if passed: Let People Vote, which opposes I-1000, and the Washington Fairness Campaign, which supports it.
Continue reading Groups square off over affirmative action, ahead of November vote
The Emerald sat down with Democratic Socialist candidate Shaun Scott who recounted his advancement in the King County Primary Election for District 4, edging out competitors Cathy Tuttle and Emily Myers in August. This is his first run for public office, which he said was funded substantially by democracy vouchers, a taxpayer-funded citywide program that allows voters to give up to $100 to their candidates of choice. Before running for election, Scott worked for U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal’s campaign, as well as Jon Grant’s 2017 run for Seattle City Council, and other campaigns.
Scott will run with Alex Pederson in November’s General Election on a platform that includes public housing, a Seattle Green New Deal, a new tax code, a Freelancer’s Bill of Rights, and other issues.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Continue reading Q&A: District 4 candidate Shaun Scott discusses democratic socialism and campaigning while Black
by Jake Goldstein-Street
Metropolitan King County Council candidates, including Councilmember Larry Gossett and his challenger Girmay Zahilay, as well as Seattle City Council candidates, like South Seattle’s Tammy Morales, discussed human services and social justice in an evening forum on Sept. 19 at the Seattle World School in Capitol Hill.
Continue reading South Seattle candidates talk community needs in Capitol Hill evening forum
Girmay Zahilay ahead of Larry Gossett in King County Council District 2 race
by Aaron Burkhalter
Candidates Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon will advance to the general election in the race for Seattle City Council’s District 2 seat, which represents Southeast Seattle. After the first tally of ballots for the Aug. 6 primary, the two candidates stood out in a crowd of seven people who had filed for the position previously held by three-term incumbent Bruce Harrell, who declined to run for a fourth term.
Continue reading Morales, Solomon Lead Race for Seattle City Council District 2
by Emerald Staff
King County Elections has already received more than 30,000 ballots, but there are still five more days to vote before the results are tallied on Aug. 6. The results will determine which candidates move forward into the general election, most notably in the packed races for Seattle City Council seats representing seven geographic districts around the city.
Continue reading Primary Election Ballots Due Tuesday