Elections 2013

The mayor's seat and City Council positions are up for grabs. From candidate profiles to the latest campaign happenings, KUOW has you covered for election news, and elections chatter.

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Elections Results
8:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

So Far, SeaTac Voters Say Yes To $15 Minimum Wage

Supporters of SeaTac's Proposition 1 celebrate at a results party.
KUOW Photo/Reiny Cohen

The votes haven’t all been counted, but it appears the City of SeaTac could be on its way to imposing a $15 minimum wage for workers whose jobs are tied to the airport.

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Elections Results
8:30 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Breaking Down The First Ballot Drop

Rob McKenna and Greg Nickels in the KUOW studios on election night.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

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.)

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Elections Results
8:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

McGinn Ousted: Ed Murray Leads With 56 Percent

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, right, pauses while his husband, Michael Shiosaki, teases him after supporters called out Shiosaki's name at an election night party on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Sen. Ed Murray appeared to be winning the Seattle mayoral race on Tuesday night, with 56 percent of the votes. Mayor Mike McGinn trailed with 43 percent.

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Elections 2013
7:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Elections 2013: Campaign Dispatches From Around Seattle

Murray's entry into the butter sculpture battle, only slightly overshadowed by the Seattle mayor's race.
Credit KUOW Photo/David Hyde

KUOW reporters are on the ground at several campaign sites in Seattle, sending back snapshots from the scenes as the ballot countdown nears an end.

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Elections 2013
1:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Why Socialist Kshama Sawant's Campaign Matters, Win Or Lose

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Kshama Sawant didn’t have to identify as a socialist.

Seattle City Council races are nonpartisan, after all, and her views aren’t particularly revolutionary, as far as Seattle goes: She supports a $15 minimum wage (as do both mayoral candidates), unions for low-wage workers and rent control.

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Elections Night
10:07 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Follow Our Live Elections Coverage

Flickr Photo/LaMenta3 (CC BY-NC-ND)

It's been a busy election year in the Puget Sound area: two candidates are vying for Seattle mayor, several city councils have open seats that could sway the political tide, and voters will decide whether to impose a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and whether to require labeling of food with GMO products.

Here's a sampling of KUOW reporters’ coverage leading up to and during elections night.

National Politics
8:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

9 Elections To Watch

Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:19 pm

Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.

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Elections 2013
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Opponents Of Tacoma Utility Tax Claim Taxation Without Representation

Tacoma's Proposition 1 would fund repairs to the city's streets by increasing the tax on utility companies.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen

Marcie Sillman talks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the city's Proposition 1, which would use a 2 percent tax increase on utility companies to pay for repairs on Tacoma's city streets.

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Elections 2013
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Ed Murray: Comcast Donations Won't Stop Me From Supporting Internet Competition

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray speaks at the Wallingford Community Senior Center as Election Day approaches.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

One of Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign promises when he ran in 2009 was to extend high-speed Internet in Seattle. Now the city is partnering with  Gigabit Squared to extend high-speed service that, while initially limited to a few neighborhoods, could compete favorably with Comcast.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:39 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How We Averted A Shutdown At RadioActive, AKA Our Coverage Of Election 2013

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray.
Courtesy of Real Change News/Wes Sauer

In this month’s RadioActive podcast, hosts Isaac Noren and Nina Tran narrowly avert a beverage-related shutdown of podcast production. Plus, RadioActive youth reporters bring you coverage of the local election:

  • Kendra Hanna finds that people on the street in the University District support Initiative 522 to label genetically modified food.
  • Halle Bills goes to one of the coolest candidate forums ever: Washington Bus' Candidate Survivor. Hear Seattle’s mayoral candidates make up haiku. They’re not so bad!
  • Last but not least, Yafiet Bezabih fills you in on Seattle’s mayoral election, including an exclusive interview with one of the candidates, State Sen. Ed Murray.

Find more KUOW coverage at our Elections 2013 page.

Thank you to Real Change for sharing the photo of Ed Murray and Yafiet Bezabih. Check out their coverage of the Seattle mayoral race here.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NSA Spying, Continued Problems With ACA, And One Last Look At The Elections

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Joni Balter of the Seattle Times and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Questions over who knew what and when about the latest NSA spying revelations and troubles with the Affordable Care Act rollout dominate Washington, D.C. The panel weighs in on those stories and takes one last look at state and local races before Tuesday's election. Plus, we get post-Halloween action items from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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