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Reminder: Mayoral candidates forum at PNA this Sunday, Port candidates forum in Broadview next Tuesday

October 19th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will be at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., this Sunday for a candidate forum, moderated by David Hyde from KUOW. The forum is from 5-6 p.m. in the Brick Building (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Also remember that the Broadview-Bitter Lake and Greenwood community councils are co-hosting an election forum of Seattle Port Commissioner candidates from 7-8 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 24) at Broadview United Church of Christ, 325 N. 125th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates attending:

  • Seat 1: Ryan Calkins
  • Seat 3: Ahmed Abdi and Stephanie Bowman
  • Seat 4: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbruek

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Port candidates forum in Broadview Oct. 24

October 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Broadview-Bitter Lake and Greenwood community councils are co-hosting an election forum of Seattle Port Commissioner candidates from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Broadview United Church of Christ, 325 N. 125th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates attending:

  • Seat 1: Ryan Calkins
  • Seat 3: Ahmed Abdi and Stephanie Bowman
  • Seat 4: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbruek

The Port of Seattle is a special purpose government entity with an annual operating of budget of $620 million, partially funded by King County property taxes. A major driver of growth and development, it is estimated that the Port generates over 200,000 jobs and $20 billion in business revenue for the region each year.

Three of the Port’s seats will be on your ballot this November. This means your votes will set the direction of the Port for the next several years. The Port is managed by an elected board of five commissioners. There are three seats on the ballot this November, so the outcome will have considerable impact on the direction the Port takes in the next several years.

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Reminder: Mayoral and City Council candidates forum Saturday at Taproot Theatre

October 13th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood and Broadview community councils are sponsoring a Mayoral and City Council candidates’ forum at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 14) at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by freelance journalist Steve Scher, host of Town Hall’s podcast “In the Moment,” and will be followed by a question and answer session. Bring your questions or email in advance to info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

Candidates attending: Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon; City Council Position 8 candidates Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant; City Council Position 9 candidate Pat Murikami.

And remember there will be a mayoral candidates forum from 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) It will be moderated by David Hyde from KUOW.

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Mayor and City Council candidates’ forum at Taproot Theatre Oct. 14

October 5th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood and Broadview community councils are sponsoring a Mayoral and City Council candidates’ forum at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by freelance journalist Steve Scher, host of Town Hall’s podcast “In the Moment,” and will be followed by a question and answer session. Bring your questions or email in advance to info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

Candidates attending: Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon; City Council Position 8 candidates Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant; City Council Position 9 candidate Pat Murikami.

And remember there will be a mayoral candidates forum from 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) It will be moderated by David Hyde from KUOW. You can submit questions in advance for that forum (either in writing or a 15-second audio/video clip), by emailing emiliaj@phinneycenter.org or via Facebook. Deadline for questions is Oct. 9.

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Mayoral candidate forum at Phinney Center Oct. 22, submit questions by Oct. 9

September 27th, 2017 by Doree

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will be at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., on Sunday, Oct. 22, for a candidate forum, moderated by David Hyde from KUOW. The forum is from 5-6 p.m. in the Brick Building (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Questions may be submitted in advance – either in writing or a 15-second audio/video clip — to emiliaj@phinneycenter.org or via Facebook. Deadline for questions is Oct. 9. Questions also will be collected at the forum and the moderator will try to use as many as possible.

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List of all candidates participating in the new Democracy Voucher program

June 6th, 2017 by Doree

This is the first year for the city’s Democracy Voucher program, which provides $100 in vouchers for voters to donate to candidates running for City Attorney or the two City Council at-large positions. (The program plans to expand to mayoral candidates in 2021.)

Thirteen candidates have qualified to accept the vouchers:

  • City Council At-Large (Position 8): Rudy J. Pantoja Jr., Sheley Secrest, Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, Hisam Goueli and Mac S. McGregor.
  • City Council At-Large (Position 9): Ty Pethe, Pauly Giuglianotti, Ian Affleck-Asch, Eric Smiley, Lorena González and Pat Muramaki.
  • City Attorney Candidate: Pete Holmes

Of the 13 candidates who are participating in the program, three candidates have completed the qualifying process and are receiving funds from Democracy Vouchers. The remaining 10 candidates are in the process of qualifying for the program and must collect enough signatures and qualifying contributions.

For the complete list of candidates running in the 2017 City of Seattle elections, please visit the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission’s active campaigns page.

In the first five months of the program: 15,079 Democracy Vouchers have been correctly assigned to participating candidates and 4,151 Seattle residents have turned in at least one voucher.

If you choose to donate your vouchers, you must do so by Nov. 30. If you didn’t receive your Democracy Vouchers or can’t find them, you can request replacements online, by calling (206)-727-8855 or e-mailing democracyvoucher@seattle.gov.

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36th District Town Hall March 11 in Ballard

March 6th, 2017 by Doree

Our 36th District legislators are hosting a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St. in Ballard.

State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton, and Rep. Noel Frame will discuss the current legislative session and answer constituents’ questions.

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Ballard High School students planning walkout this afternoon in protest of what they say is President-elect Trump’s divisive rhetoric

November 14th, 2016 by Doree

Ballard High School students are planning to walk out of classes this afternoon in protest of what they say is President-elect Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric about racial and social issues.

Below is the email Principal Keven Wynkoop sent to families today:

Ballard Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to share the message that I just read over the intercom to students regarding this afternoon’s walkout. Let me know if you have any questions.

Keven Wynkoop

Students,

A quick message about this afternoon’s walkout. First of all, I want to make it clear that any students choosing to walkout will be given unexcused absences. Even Parent permission does not excuse your absence. Whether this impacts your grades in classes is based on the policies of your teachers.

More importantly, I want students to think about why they might choose to walkout. I support your right to protest appropriately, but I challenge you to think about how you can make an actual difference instead of just skipping school this afternoon. We have lots of socially aware clubs that would love to have you join them in making a real difference in the world.

Lastly, make sure you treat all students who do and do not participate with respect for their individual decision. No one should feel pressure either way and make sure that everyone knows that it is always great to be a Beaver.

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Next ‘Think & Drink’ at Naked City explores political cartooning

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

The next Humanities Washington-sponsored “Think & Drink” at Naked City Brewery is the night before the election. “Drawing Ire: Political Cartooning in Uncertain times” explores how the centuries-old tradition of political cartooning speaks to our modern, divided society.

We are drowning in memes, gifs, and YouTube clips that give us near-instant commentary and humor on political events and issues. What do political cartoons offer that other forms of expression do not, especially in this time of major political and racial divisions?

In the run-up to the 2016 election, join Humanities Washington for an exploration of how the most charged topics of the day—from racial divisions to political polarization—are being reflected through the lens of political cartooning. What should and shouldn’t be off-limits?

The event will feature Milt Priggee and A.F. Branco, both nationally syndicated cartoonists, political opposites, and friends. Both artists will also be live drawing during the event.

Think & Drink starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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