by Andrew Hong
In the Seattle City Council District 2 August primary election in South Seattle, progressive incumbent Councilmember Tammy Morales won with over 50% of the vote, slightly exceeding her 2019 primary performance. While Morales’ 2023 vote share was similar to her 2019 numbers (52% versus 50%), her winning coalition of neighborhoods and communities changed across the South End’s District 2. Those changes were associated with race, with Morales’ 2023 base comprising more Black voters in Rainier Beach and New Holly, and less support in the Chinatown-International District (CID) and Beacon Hill than in 2019.
In this article, I will analyze the results of the 2023 primary election in the South End, how the results shifted from the last City Council race in 2019, what it means for the November general election, and how different factors explain the data trends we see.
Continue reading City Council D2 Primary Data Shows Tammy Morales Has Easier Path to Win, Challenger Tanya Woo Faces Uphill Climb
On October 5, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., the South Seattle Emerald will host a debate between Seattle City Council District 2 incumbent Tammy Morales and challenger Tanya Woo, moderated by Mike Davis, the Emerald’s Voices editor.
The Seattle City Council has a great deal of impact on our communities. They are supposed to allocate funds and monitor the impact and effectiveness of all City services except education. As a community-based organization, serving District 2, we want to be sure these candidates hear YOUR questions and understand YOUR priorities.
Continue reading Have a Question for City Council District 2 Candidates Tammy Morales or Tanya Woo? Share It for Our Upcoming Debate
by Matt Chan
Ahead of the Aug. 1 primary election, the South Seattle Emerald invited community members to voice their support for the candidates for District 2 of the Seattle City Council race. The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed below do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the Emerald or official policies of the Emerald.
In addition to candiate Tanya Woo, community members also wrote an op-ed for candidate Tammy Morales.
The reason I’m voting for Tanya Woo is because of one word: empathy.
Empathy is more than compassion; it is the ability to see the world from a different perspective. As the problems in our city continue to grow, we need to act with compassion and create dialogue that brings us together. We don’t need ideologues who think they know what is best for South Seattle. We need people who will show up, listen, and do the hard work to tackle the problems. We deserve that.
Continue reading OPINION | Why I Support Tanya Woo for District 2
by Tanya Woo
Residents and business owners of the Chinatown-International District (CID) are just now hearing about a $66.5 million, 6.8-acre project to expand and enhance a shelter that will house over 500 people with support for 50 RVs and a 50-home tiny house village. It was approved by the King County Council in partnership with Seattle and the King County Regional Homeless Authority. For a complex that opens this fall, these decisions were made without any meaningful community outreach or engagement. This follows a long history of policies that have been forced on the CID with no engagement or outreach. This is systemic racism.
Continue reading OPINION | King County’s Lack of Outreach on CID/SoDo Shelter Complex Is Systemic Racism