With the August primary just days away, and multiple contestants running for four different spots on the City Council and the Mayor's seat, Real Change presents this readers' guide for the people whose names appear on your ballot.
We asked each candidate for Mayor and City Council to answer a set of six standard questions on the issues that we felt relevant. If candidates had time, we also interviewed each. And, we read their positions on issues and looked at what they've said elsewhere in the media.
Since Real Change is a tax-exempt nonprofit, federal rules bar us from opposing or supporting candidates. In other words, we don't do endorsements. Our candidate profiles are written to educate you, the reader, about candidates' stances on issues that matter. We hope that, after reading this, you'll be better equipped to make up your own mind.
The only measure on which we may lobby directly this election is Proposition One, the city referendum on whether or not grocery stores must charge a 20-cent fee for disposable plastic bags.
We hope this guide helps you make some informed decisions on Election Day. And in case you need some more help, check out the Municipal League's in-depth questionnaires and ratings of each candidate for office in King County at munileague.org.