Be an informed voter! Seattle City Council Candidates Forum, 9/24

This Thursday, September 24 from 5:30-8pm, the 18 candidates running for Seattle City Council positions will address pressing local issues at the 2015 Seattle Human Services Candidates Forum. The event takes place at Garfield Community Center.

Be an informed voter, attend the Candidates Forum on Th.

Find out where your candidates stand at the Candidates Forum.

This year, all nine positions are up for election. However, resulting from a decision passed by Seattle voters in 2013, seven councilmembers will be chosen for 4-year terms based on their district. The two remaining positions will be at-large representatives, serving 2-year terms.

This is the first time Seattle has elected councilmembers by district. With each member representing a smaller, more specific area, the hope is that they will interact more directly with their constituents and be able to address each community’s unique needs.

The Seattle Human Services Coalition provided each candidate with eight questions addressing affordable housing, homelessness, food availability, disabilities services, domestic violence, and more. The candidates’ prepared answers to these questions are available online. Additional questions will be presented at the forum.

The forum will be divided into two rounds, with candidates from four districts answering questions first, and the remaining five districts represented in the second round. Halfway through, all the candidates will participate in a “lightning round,” answering questions quickly with “yes,” “no” or “waffle.” Due to time constraints, there will not be an opportunity for audience members to pose their own questions.

Don’t miss this chance to learn about your district’s candidates, and prepare to make an informed vote that will benefit your community.

Candidates Forum on Police Accountability & Public Safety

Photo of a community member protesting the shooting of Williams in front of the King County Courthouse. Photo from blog post by Matthew Williams: courtesy

Just over a year ago, a Seattle police officer gunned down native woodcarver John T. Williams. The senseless and defenseless act was part of  a striking run of local police actions that appeared to target people of color. Rather than upholding public safety, there is a growing fear that our law enforcement officers threaten public safety.

So, what are our elected officials and candidates for office in the fall elections planning to do about it?

To find out, Solid Ground is joining dozens of community-based, social justice, peace, faith and other organizations to co-sponsor a Candidates Forum on Police Accountability and Public Safety on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6pm. Here are the details:

What: Candidates Forum on Police Accountability & Public Safety
When: Thursday, September 29, 2011 (dinner served at 5pm; forum starts at 6pm)
Where: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118

Childcare and interpretation services are available.

This event is free as a public service to the community.

For more information please contact K.L. Shannon at 206.854.5462.

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