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 2013
9:52 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Seattle School Board Candidates Clash On Testing, State Standards

Suzanne Dale Estey (left) and Sue Peters
Credit Candidate Websites

One of the hottest races on Seattle’s fall ballot isn't for mayor or city council, but a seat on the Seattle School Board.

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Food Fight
8:02 am
Thu October 17, 2013

State Sues Group Fighting GMO Labeling: 'You Must Disclose' Your Donors

As voters in Washington state prepare to vote on whether to require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, the state’s attorney general sued an industry group for violating campaign finance laws.

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Elections 2013
8:01 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Dueling Liberals: Bellevue Council Likely To Shift Left

Bellevue City Council candidates Vandana Slatter and Lynne Robinson.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil, Lynne Robinson's Facebook page.

During the fight over light rail, Bellevue was described as having a conservative majority on the city council. Those members challenged Sound Transit’s light rail route and Bellevue’s share of the cost.

But then long-time incumbent Don Davidson lost in the August primary, leaving two more liberal candidates in the runoff for his seat: Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter.

Although city council races are nonpartisan, both candidates sought the endorsement of the King County Democrats.

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Elections 2013
5:20 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Poll: Seattle Mayor McGinn Still Far Behind Challenger Murray

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray at a recent campaign forum.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A new poll is out in the Seattle mayor’s race, and it doesn’t bode well for the incumbent.

The SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by Seattle TV station King 5, was conducted just after the first televised debate between Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray last week.

Of the 557 likely voters reached by phone, 52 percent said they would vote for Murray if the election were held today, 32 percent said they would vote for McGinn.

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Elections 2013
7:34 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Ghost Of Light Rail Drama Haunts Bellevue Races

Bellevue City Council candidates Steve Kasner and Kevin Wallace.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Light rail has been a contentious issue for the Bellevue City Council in recent years, with members divided on the project. Now the Eastside’s light rail line is in final design and no longer in doubt. But those light rail disputes are still campaign fodder for incumbent Kevin Wallace and his challenger Steve Kasner, one of three races for the council that will be taking place in November.

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Elections 2013
12:57 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Socialist Candidate Sawant Keeps Conlin On Defensive

Seattle City Council candidates Richard Conlin and Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.

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Elections 2013
4:12 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Candidates O'Brien and Shen Debate Affordable Housing

Seattle City Council candidates Albert Shen and Mike O'Brien at KUOW studios.
Flickr Photo/Bond Huberman

In a city of like-minded politicians it can be tough to tell the policy differences between candidates running for office. But incumbent city councilman Mike O’Brien and challenger Albert Shen have strong disagreements, including how to build more affordable housing.

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Port Commission Election
11:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Port Of Seattle: Why You Should Care

Fisherman Pete Knutson at Seattle's Fisherman's Terminal
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Seattle's international reputation has been burnished by the city's thriving technology industries, by the hip independent music scene, and even by the ubiquity of Starbucks. But 100 years before latte vendors squatted on every city corner, Seattle was a thriving maritime hub. It still is.

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Elections 2013
8:27 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Wash. Governor Undecided On GMO Initiative

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:09 pm

It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.

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The Week In Review
2:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

D.C. Shutdown, Health Exchange, And The Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to his players during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 29 in Houston.
Credit AP Photo/David J. Phillip

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

A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.

Mayor's Race 2013
9:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Nightlife Endorses Ed Murray For Mayor Over Mike McGinn

Flickr Photo/Dave Lichterman

Yesterday, a group of nightclub and bar owners endorsed Ed Murray for mayor. Nightclub owners have worked a lot with current Mayor Mike McGinn. 

McGinn lobbied the liquor control board to extend late night hours and his nightlife initiative was designed to bring club owners into discussion with police and neighbors over issues of public safety, noise and transportation.

In fact, many of the club owners endorsing Murray actually voted for McGinn in the last election. Dave Meinert is one of them. He’s been involved with nightlife in Seattle for years as an investor at The Crocodile, a manager of bands, owner of the 5 Point Café in Belltown, and founder of the Capitol Hill Block Party.

Suburban Transit
12:14 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic

The Bellevue Downtown Association hosted a forum for three City Council seats on the November ballot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter’s position on light rail and differs from the audio.

Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like “an airport terminal.” They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association.

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Campaign Finance
5:35 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Opponents Of GMO Labeling Raise Record $17 Million

While some foods now tout their lack of genetically modified ingredients, I-522 would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to advertise that fact.
KUOW / John Ryan

Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No on 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.

The No on 522 campaign has amassed a war chest of $17.2 million.

With its latest $5 million check, the Grocery Manufacturers Association rockets past agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. as the campaign’s biggest donor.

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