Seattle voters may have just voted for several city council races, but they’ll do it again in 2015.
That’s because Charter Amendment 19 calls for the city to be divided into seven districts, with one city council representative from each. But some advocacy groups worry the new system of districts may harm minorities and the poor.
Voters rejected GMO labeling, sent the incumbent mayor of Seattle packing, and appeared to be saying yes to a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac. Will Kshama Sawant pull off a late surge to overtake City Council incumbent Richard Conlin? The panel looks back at the most interesting returns from Election Day.
Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank stares down eight months of cold, dark winter.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn conceded the race to his challenger Ed Murray on Thursday. Meanwhile Murray said he wants to resign his state senate seat as soon as possible so he can focus on his transition to City Hall.
Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant is trailing the incumbent, Richard Conlin. But she’s not conceding; she’s holding out hope as more votes are counted. And she plans to keep her Socialist Alternative party involved in Seattle politics.
Washington state likely won’t be labeling its food containing GMO products, after all. With most of the votes counted on Tuesday night, 55 percent said no to Initiative 522, which would have required labeling.
Steve Scher sat down with former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels on Tuesday night as the first ballot results were released, around 8:15 p.m. (The results will be updated daily in the afternoon as mailed ballots are counted until all the races are finalized.)