The Editorial Board of The Seattle Medium Newspaper is issuing the following recommendations for the upcoming Primary Election. The Medium is only issuing endorsements in highly contested races where three or more candidates have a significant chance of making it through to the General Election. Whether you agree or disagree with our recommendations, we encourage everyone, who is eligible, to exercise their right to vote. Vote and the choice is yours… don’t vote and the choice belongs to others.
King County Proposition No. 1 Parks Levy
The King County council has passed Ordinance No. 17568 concerning funding for parks, trails, recreational facilities and open space. This proposition would replace two expiring levies and fund maintenance and operations of the King County parks system; trails and open space for recreation, habitat and water quality; city parks; and zoo programs, all subject to citizen oversight. This proposition authorizes an additional property tax of $0.1877 per $1,000 of assessed value for collection in 2014 and authorizes increases by the annual percentage change in the CPI or the limitation in 84.55 RCW, whichever is greater, for five succeeding years. Should this proposition be:
King County Executive
Port of Seattle Commissioner Pos., No. 3
Bowman’s work experience running a state-wide non-profit that helps economically-disadvantaged families along with her experience working in a Port system makes her a valuable resource/voice on the Port Commission.
City of Seattle Mayor
DUAL ENDORSEMENT – Peter Steinbrueck and Mike McGinn
This was a tough decision for The Seattle Medium’s Editorial Board. After conducting candidate interviews, the editorial board narrowed down the field to three candidates that are deserving of our endorsement — Bruce Harrell, Peter Steinbrueck, and current mayor Mike McGinn. Many in the community would expect us to endorse Bruce Harrell. The editorial board believes that Harrell is a highly-qualified candidate that deserves the support of our community. However, our endorsement provides guidance for those in our community who may not, for whatever reason, be willing to support Harrell for mayor. Steinbrueck, a former president of the Seattle City Council, fought for and implemented having cameras inside Seattle police vehicles, drafted and co-sponsored the Seattle City Council’s opposition to I-200, provided funding for the NW African American Museum, and passed legislation to make sure that all SPD officers wear visible badges and identification while on duty unless they are undercover. McGinn got off to a rocky start as mayor, but seems to have found his stride and has transitioned into a servant that is willing to deliver the much needed resources to help improve the quality of life of all people in the city — not just a privileged few.
City of Seattle City Council, Pos., No. 8
Many consider Shen to be a long shot against the incumbent, but he brings considerable knowledge as it relates to transportation, contracting, and small businesses that is missing from many of the debates that take place along the campaign trail.
Seattle School Board Director Dist. No. 5