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This week on KUOW, Weekday and The Conversation heard from all of the nine mayoral candidates. A new KING 5 poll was also released this week that has state senator Ed Murray pulling ahead in the race. Mayor of Seattle isn't the only position on the August ballot; Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas and Joni Balter give analysis on the other city and county issues on the 2013 ballot.

Also this Saturday is Bertha's last day on the waterfront, and Texas passes its controversial abortion bill. What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts with the panel by emailing Weekday.  

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The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.

Meet Mayoral Candidate Peter Steinbrueck

Jul 17, 2013
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Ballots for the August 6 primary election go out today. Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck hopes to lead the nine-person race and have a shot for getting elected mayor in November. Ross Reynolds talks to Steinbrueck about what he would bring to the mayor’s office.

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As the August 6 primary draws near, the Seattle mayor’s race is heating up.

Candidates are now engaged in almost daily debates and forums, and some are getting testy.

From the candidates' Facebook pages.

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Charlie Staadecker
Seattle mayoral candidate Charlie Staadecker joins us to talk about his run ahead of the August 6 primary election.

"Stand Your Ground" Gets New Scrutiny After Zimmerman Verdict
While George Zimmerman didn’t end up using Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law in his defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the statute loomed large over his case. In an interview with CNN, one juror said that the jury had the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in mind when deciding Zimmerman’s fate. We talk with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, about a new push to repeal similar laws and the organization that has worked hard to get it on the books. 

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell
Our series of interviews with each of Seattle's mayoral candidates continues with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Mary Martin

Jul 16, 2013
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Meet Socialist Worker’s Party candidate for mayor of Seattle, Mary Martin. She says the next mayor of Seattle must defend the working class. What exactly would she do as mayor to protect the working class? Ross Reynolds talks to her about that and what else she would bring to the mayor’s office.

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Mayoral Candidate Douglas McQuaid
Seattle Mayoral candidate Douglas McQuaid joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

The Hidden Dangers in Common Beauty Products
People use a lot of products to stay clean and attractive. Lotion, shampoo, deodorant, face cream, sunblock, and cosmetics are commonplace, but do we know what’s in them? Shampoos often contain sulfates and parabens which can be hormone disrupters. Lotions often contain propyleneglycol which is used to make anti-freeze. Chemicals in some sunscreens are linked to cancer in women. In a complicated world of long unknown chemical names, what can we use to stay clean and attractive without hurting our bodies inadvertently? Why aren’t these products better regulated?

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.   

Surprise, Seattle! City Council Members Are Up For Election, Too

Jul 16, 2013

The crowded Seattle mayor's race is sucking up a lot of attention, so you may be surprised to know there are contested City Council races on your primary ballot as well. 

Four incumbent City Council members are up for re-election: Nick Licata, Sally Bagshaw, Mike O'Brien and Richard Conlin.

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Sakara Remmu On Zimmerman's Acquittal
The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sparked protests, copious editorials and even riots across the country this week with many voices calling for more dialogue around racism in the US. To that end, we speak with local activist, writer and self-described “mother of black children” Sakara Remmu.

Mayoral Candidate Kate Martin
Seattle Mayoral candidate Kate Martin joins Weekday to discuss the issues she feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

Chuck Klosterman On Grappling With Villains
What is is about the bad guy, or girl, that’s so alluring?  From Robert Redford and Paul Newman as con men in “The Sting” to the murderous drug dealer Omar Little of HBO’s “The Wire,” we have an increasing fascination with the villains in our culture.  At least, that’s what writer Chuck Klosterman thinks.  He expands on his ideas in a new book called “I Wear The Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)."

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Brian Carver is one of two candidates challenging 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin in the August 6 primary. The other is Socialist Alternative Party candidate Kshama Sawant.

Carver holds the title principle product manager at Amazon's Kindle direct publishing division. He has an MBA and an engineering master's degree from the University of Washington.

Carver ran unsuccessfully for an open City Council seat in 2009. He's been a local Democratic Party activist in the 43rd Legislative District. He says improving the city's schools is his top priority.

On the web:

Brian Carver's campaign website

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Richard Conlin is the incumbent in Position 2 of the Seattle City Council. He's being challenged in the primary by Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant and Amazon manager Brian Carver.

Conlin was first elected to the council in 1997. He served as council president in 2008-2009 and had a public dust-up with Mayor Mike McGinn over the building of the downtown tunnel.

Recently, Conlin presided over a massive re-zoning of the city's South Lake Union neighborhood, he led the effort to pass a $123 million library levy, and he spearheaded the city's "Happiness Initiative." Conlin cast  the sole vote against an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers. He was one of two members who voted against using city funds to build a basketball and hockey arena in SODO.

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Kshama Sawant is a Socialist Alternative Party candidate who is challenging incumbent Richard Conlin for Seattle City Council Position 2. The other candidate in the race is Amazon employee Brian Carver.

Sawant teaches economics at Seattle Central Community College. She has been active in the Occupy Seattle Movement. Last year, she ran for state House of Representatives against Democrat and long-time House Majority Leader Frank Chopp. She received 29 percent of the vote, which her campaign touted as the highest vote for a socialist candidate in decades.

Sawant is calling for a $15 minimum wage (it's currently $9.19 in Washington state) and a "millionaires' tax" to raise money for transit, education and social services.

On the web:

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Mike O'Brien is running for re-election to Position 8 of the Seattle City Council. He is currently serving his first term.

Prior to joining the council, O'Brien served as CFO of the downtown law firm Stokes Lawrence. He has a degree in economics from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

O'Brien is a close friend of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who also took office in 2009. The two men joined forces to oppose the building of the deep-bore tunnel through the city's downtown, a battle which they lost. O'Brien championed a ban on plastic bags in the city, an opt-out registry for telephone books, and is now pushing for campaign finance reform. He is widely regarded as one of the more progressive members of the City Council.

Suzanne Dale Estey

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Suzanne Dale Estey

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Economic development consultant

Website: http://suzanne4schools.com

Top priorities:

  • Keep district focused on student outcomes.
  • Secure and maintain adequate levy and state funding.
  • Stabilize district leadership.

Dean McColgan

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Dean McColgan

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Director of development at the Museum of Flight, former City Council member and mayor of Federal Way

Website: http://www.deanforseattleschools.org/

Top priorities:

  • Re-instill community trust in the school district.
  • Emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education.
  • Allow teachers to innovate.

Sue Peters

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Sue Peters

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Freelance writer and communications strategist, founding member of Parents Across America

Website: http://suepeters4schoolboard.org/

Top priorities:

  • Improve curriculum and reduce standardized testing.
  • Include community in making decisions.
  • Revamp special education and advanced learning services.

Stephan Blanford

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Stephan Blanford

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Educational policy consultant

Website: http://blanfordforseattleschools.com

Top priorities:

  • Close the achievement gap.
  • Boost school performance.
  • Improve School Board functionality.

LaCrese Green

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy LaCrese Green

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Retired, volunteer tutor for Ethiopian immigrant children

Website: http://www.lacresegreen.com/

Top priorities:

  • Reduce racial inequity.
  • Stop school closures and reopen closed schools.
  • Increase community involvement with the School Board.

Olu Thomas

Jul 15, 2013

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Unemployed social worker

Top priorities:

  • Reduce inequitable discipline of students of color.
  • Train teachers on cultural competency and other equity issues.
  • Convert unused school buildings to community centers.

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Mayoral Candidate Joey Gray
Seattle mayoral candidate Joey Gray joins Weekday to discuss the issues she feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

Reaction To The Zimmerman Trial
Over the weekend a jury of six found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Protests erupted around the country following the verdict, including a rally of at least 400 people in Seattle’s Westlake center. The incident and subsequent trial touched a nerve with the American public, igniting a debate about race relations in America. Jerry Large wrote about the Zimmerman trial in his Seattle Times column, he explains what the verdict says about the race conversation.

Growing Old With Pleasure
Maybe youth isn’t wasted on the young. Maybe growing old has its own deep and rich rewards. Wendy Lustbader wrote "Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasure of Growing Old.”

The Interfaith Amigos On 13 Years Of Interfaith Dialogue
The Interfaith Amigos have been engaging in religious dialogue for 13 years now. Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie discuss what they’ve learned throughout their years of discussion. They explain the issues that stand in the way and the lessons they’ve learned that make interfaith conversation more effective.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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News From D.C.
We preview the week ahead in Washington, D.C., with Jill Jackson, Capitol Hill Producer for CBS News.

Mayoral Candidate Ed Murray
Seattle Mayoral candidate Ed Murray joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

Eating Wild With Jo Robinson
Eating healthy isn’t really as simple as eat your fruits and veggies. Author and investigative journalist Jo Robinson examines the nutrients in our fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and dairy products. Jo explains how we can get the most benefits from our food in her book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”

With less than a month to go before the August primary, candidates in the crowded Seattle mayor's race are now trying to reach voters with new ads on cable TV.

Ads from two of the nine mayoral candidates are now on the air, and a third will begin airing this week.

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The endorsements are flying in the crowded race for Seattle mayor, and over the past week State Senator Ed Murray has captured the lion’s share.

Last Wednesday, Murray received an unlikely pair of endorsements: from Washington Conservation Voters, the largest environmental political group in the state and from CASE, the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, former King County Executive Ron Sims appeared at Murray’s headquarters and announced his endorsement of Murray.

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We've gotten a bit of feedback about our story yesterday on the Read 'N Greet event at the Seattle Public Library.

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What can you tell about a person from the books he or she loves to read? A lot, according to Maggie Taylor, Board President of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

Taylor invited the city's mayoral candidates to choose a passage from a favorite book and then read it aloud. Eight of the candidates accepted the challenge. They read their selections last night at the Central Library downtown.

The aim of the event was to give voters some insight into the candidates, said Taylor.

How well do you know the candidates for Seattle mayor? See if you can match up the candidates with their favorite books. 

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The August primary election is only about two months away, but you might not even know it. The Seattle mayor’s race, which involves nine candidates, has yet to hit the front pages. Ask any random people on the street, and chances are they aren't even aware that a race is underway.

The candidates have been hard at work on the campaign trail,  but much of what they have been doing is not immediately obvious.

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Voters in Portland, Oregon have decide not to add fluoride to their municipal drinking water. Seattle and most other large cities in the US added the chemical decades ago to prevent cavities in children.

Seattle Public Schools

Six candidates are vying for two Seattle School Board seats in the August 6 primary election.

In Director District 5, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central Area, Beacon Hill and downtown, Kay Smith-Blum is stepping down from her board seat after one term.

Courtesy Ed Murray For Mayor

Here’s one for the “Seattle is such a small world” file:

State Sen. Ed Murray has been hitting the campaign trail of late in his effort to oust Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

But McGinn has just recognized Murray’s long-time partner, Michael Shiosaki, with an executive appointment to the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee.

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Democratic activists in the city of Seattle last night began picking favorites in the Seattle mayoral election. Incumbent mayor Mike McGinn didn’t make their list.

The 46th District Democrats was the first local party organization to endorse in the race. The 46th Legislative District includes parts of north Seattle, Shoreline, and Kenmore.

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