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caption: A view of downtown Seattle on Thursday, August 23, 2018, from a seaplane.
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A view of downtown Seattle on Thursday, August 23, 2018, from a seaplane.
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A very crowded race to be Seattle's next mayor

Sixteen people -- so far -- have formally announced they’re running to be Seattle’s next mayor. Starting this week, we’re going to bring you interviews we’ve taped with the candidates to learn more about them and their vision for leading the city. Also, King County is launching a new program to curb rising rates of gun violence. And King County Executive Dow Constantine joins us to talk about rising COVID-19 cases counts and why he’s calling for the county’s top law enforcement official to step down.

Individual segments are available in our podcast stream or at www.kuow.org/record.

King County Executive Dow Constantine 04.13

King County Executive Dow Constantine talks with Paige Browning about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine safety concerns and why he is calling for King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht to retire immediately.

New program aims to curb gun violence in King County

Last month, the King County council unanimously approved the creation of a $2 million grant program to curb a spike in gun violence in the county. King County councilmember Girmay Zahilay talks with Paige Browning on how the money will be used and why he thinks the pandemic has exacerbated shootings.

Taking stock of the Seattle mayor's race

Although the primary to be Seattle's next mayor isn't until August 3rd, 16 people have already entered the race. KUOW politics reporter David Hyde talks with Paige Browning about the state of the race so far, what's at stake and why voters may want to start paying attention to the race now.

Seattle mayoral candidate interview: Lorena González

This week, we kick off a recurring segment featuring interviews with the Seattle mayoral candidates. We’re asking them the same set of questions and aiming to keep the pretaped conversations roughly the same length. We start with Seattle City Council president Lorena González who spoke with Bill Radke about why she’s running and what she sees as the city’s top priority to tackle.