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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

August 6, 2013 Primary And Special Election

City, City of Seattle 
Mayor



Charlie Staadecker



Charlie Staadecker


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

I encourage you to vote for me as someone who doesn’t aspire to political longevity, but rather has the courage and vision to lead effectively for the benefit of the community. I have a proven track record in business, arts and education. Few are happy with the current state of Seattle, its lack of safety, poor police behavior, parking rates, potholes, unsafe crosswalks, and bike lanes that are unsafe and inefficient. A vote for anyone else is a vote for more of the same because it is their policies that have gotten us here.
 

The next four years will set in motion Seattle’s direction for the next 10-15 years. It will determine the legacy we leave for generations to come. I offer a skill set based on the key personal characteristics of authenticity, trust, collaboration and integrity. I will employ these traits as your next Mayor and will choose department heads based on these core values.

 

There are six key pillars essential to my vision for Seattle:

 

1. Job creation and economic sustainability is the cornerstone for a successful city

2. Education is a paramount responsibility within our community

3. Exceeding customer satisfaction in the delivery of city services

4. Safety on our streets and rebuilding trust with the police department

5. Repair and improve our infrastructure

6. Make Seattle a fun and vibrant city, because life is just too short.

 

A strong economy and eliminating the education skills gap allows our city to bridge across diverse cultures and economic divides, and extends the hand of government to citizens to be productive and to maximize one’s potential.

 

Experience: Eight years on the Vashon Island School Board as both President and Legislative Chair (selected as the State’s school board of the year), six years on the Puget Sound Educational Service District (elected by school board directors of 35 districts, serving 390,000 students), current Chairman.

 

Business owner, Staadecker Real Estate (30 years) specializing in local and regional business creation and expansion. Former executive with Intercontinental and Hilton International Hotels. U.S. Army veteran and former Teamster.

 

Seattle Rotary, Trustee, Foundation Board; Puget Sound ESD Foundation President; Franklin H.S. Seattle, Wharton School of Finance, Cornell University with Distinction, American Jewish Committee; Arts advocate and innovator.

 

Be courageous! We need a leader with common sense, and a moderate and balanced approach. I am that person. I will not let you down.



For more information:

PO BOX 2014
SEATTLE, WA 98111
(206) 322-2013
info@charlieformayor.org
www.CharlieForMayor.org

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Mary Martin, factory worker



Mary Martin, factory worker


Education: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates
Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

The working class is paying a heavy price for the consequences of the international crisis of the capitalist system.  The bosses and their governments are responding to this crisis by aiming to recover their profits on the backs of workers. The capitalist class uses its courts, police agencies, and other state institutions to restrict our ability to defend our interests and to attack our democratic rights -- including the right to privacy and freedom of the press.  Both Democrats and Republicans participate in these attacks and support wars abroad. 

 

Millions of workers can’t find jobs. Those working do so under worse conditions for less money.  As the Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor I call for a movement to demand a massive federally-funded jobs program to put millions to work building schools, child care centers, and other things working people need, and to fix the crumbling infrastructure, such as bridges that need replacement.

 

We are seeing resistance to the attacks on our class.  Coal miners in the East and West are standing up to coal bosses' threats to break the union and gut pensions, safety and medical benefits.

 

Workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia are demanding safe worksites after deadly factory collapses there.

 

Machinist union members have stood up to attacks on wages and benefits in a strike at Belshaw-Adamatic in Auburn.

 

ILWU dockworkers were locked out in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon by grain bosses who want to change work rules and use non-union labor.

 

Oppressed layers of our class are hit hardest by this profit-driven offensive—especially workers who are Black. Immigrant workers are scapegoated and subjected to super exploitation. My campaign calls for organizing and unionizing all workers and decriminalizing the status of undocumented workers. We say the labor movement should champion these fights in order to unify the working class. We defend the right of women to choose an abortion without restrictions.

 

The working class needs to break with the Democratic and Republican parties and rely on our own strength. In order to change society we need to take political power away from the capitalist class. We point to the example of Cuba, where workers and farmers made a revolution, took power and began to build a society based on human needs instead of profits.  We defend the Cuban Five prisoners, framed up and imprisoned by the U.S. government for defending the Cuban Revolution.  



For more information:

5418 RAINIER AVE S
SEATTLE, WA 98118-2439
(206) 323-1755
seattleswp@qwestoffice.net
www.themilitant.com

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Peter Steinbrueck



Peter Steinbrueck


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Seattle is at a crossroads. Our city’s population is expected to grow by 150,000 more people over the next 15 years. Growth pressures and poorly-planned development threaten the quality of life we once took for granted. Creating healthy, walkable, and complete neighborhoods is the way to balance growth.

 

Yet many of Seattle’s diverse neighborhoods lack basics such as sidewalks, safe crossings and drainage. Few cities have a greater legacy of parks and green spaces than Seattle. Open space is critical to accommodating more people while keeping our city livable. Our parks suffer from neglect and chronic under-funding.

 

As mayor, I’ll protect this great city’s future from urban decline caused by neighborhood neglect, poorly designed development, traffic congestion and street crime.

 

I am uniquely qualified to lead Seattle into the future and tackle these challenges.

 

I’m a skilled architect, planner and civic activist.  I served 10 years on the Seattle City Council. Professionally, I’ve provided my expertise to some of Seattle’s largest public institutions, including Children’s Hospital and Pike Place Market.  

 

I get work done. I protected our city’s water quality in the Cedar River watershed.  I developed the Downtown Livability Plan. I wrote many of our growth management laws, guarded our environment, and served on key regional planning boards.

 

My Complete Neighborhoods Strategy will serve the city well into the future.

 

I support transportation choices to relieve traffic, improve mobility, reliability, and above all, safety.

 

I’ve never been afraid to stand up for what’s right:

  • More affordable housing
  • Repairing aging roads and bridges
  • Prioritizing pedestrian safety, open space, and bikeways
  • I question building a sports arena in our industrial zone – threatening jobs and our economy. 

People come first.  It’s wrong that Seattle has a poverty rate higher than the rest of the state.

 

I’ll work to increase family wage jobs, and close the wage gap between working women and men.  I’ll shelter more homeless women and men now living outside in cold, unsanitary conditions. No one should go hungry in Seattle.

 

I’ll lead our once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reconnect downtown to the waterfront.

 

Seattle can again be the great City of the Future  – without abandoning our roots.

 

I am proud of my endorsements from: the 11th District, 46th, District, and King County Democrats, ILWU locals 19 and 52, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, American Institute of Architects, Washington Council. 

 

I appreciate your vote.



For more information:

P.O.BOX 28568
SEATTLE, WA 98118-8568
(206) 399-8288
contact@peterforseattle.com
www.peterforseattle.com

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Bruce A. Harrell



Bruce A. Harrell


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Imagine if we elected a visionary mayor with executive experience who brings people together to get things done. Imagine a leader who listens before acting. As your executive, I’ll refocus the city on core services such as sidewalks, potholes, and synchronizing traffic-lights while also planning for our future. Seattle is hungry for a mayor who can lead as an executive, above the pettiness and divisions of the past. I’m proven and tested and I ask for your vote for Mayor.

 

Together, we’ll build the pathway to success for all communities. Successful communities start with safe communities. As Mayor, I’ll create NEW COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS who’ll come from your community and will protect your streets. They will know you. Our police force will adopt a new culture of innovation and change. They will admit mistakes. At the same time, we’ll praise them for their courage and a new partnership will be formed. The failed strategies of the past must end.

 

Together, we’ll create a NEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM by integrating all of its components: roads, transit, light rail, pedestrian and bike trails. It’s time we stop pitting bikes against cars. We’ve seen what happens when a mayor doesn’t understand transportation integration. As Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee, I’m the only candidate with the citywide experience to create a healthy transportation ecosystem.  

 

Our community centers will be enhanced to NEW EMPOWERMENT CENTERS and our next generation will be taught civics, conflict management, environmental sustainability, and provided resources to help them succeed. Rising tuition costs are crushing families and putting college out of reach for many graduates. We’ll create a NEW COLLEGE ENDOWMENT FUND to allow every graduate in Seattle Public Schools to prepare for college.

 

Our success is linked to the growth of our most innovative companies. As an attorney experienced in corporate law and one who has also spent three decades fighting for the most vulnerable communities, I’m the only candidate who can bridge our region’s entrepreneurial and business spirit with our most vulnerable communities. As Mayor, I’ll create a new Seattle: ONE SEATTLE.

 

Endorsed by: King County Democrats, King County Young Democrats, Seattle Democratic Legislative Districts, King County Corrections Guild, Seattle Building and Construction Trades, former Mayor Wes Uhlman, former Councilmember Paul Kraabel, Rep. Eric Pettigrew, Rep. Cindy Ryu, former Senator Kathleen Drew, Orin Smith, Stan Barer, Russell Horowitz, Rogelio Riojas, Mark Okazaki, former Senator Claudia Kauffman and thousands more.  



For more information:

PO BOX 221005
SEATTLE, WA 98122
(206) 817-5155
contact@electbruceharrell.com
www.electbruceharrell.com

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Ed Murray



Ed Murray


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Seattle is a place of innovation— a diverse, progressive city rooted in strong neighborhoods, while leading in business, research, and philanthropy. Building a government worthy of our people—and our potential—will require a new Mayor with proven experience, a regional vision, and the progressive values to deliver the leadership we need.  

           

I was raised in Alki in a working class family.  Today, my partner Michael Shiosaki and I live on Capitol Hill. I served Seattle first as a City Council aide for four years, and then in the legislature since 1995. I’m currently Senate Democratic Leader.

 

Throughout my time in office I have worked for equality and opportunity— building coalitions and lasting relationships to solve difficult problems.

 

My progressive record reflects the skills I will bring to the office of Mayor: I’ve led on civil rights, sponsoring and passing Washington’s historic marriage equality law. I’ve led on social and economic justice, winning bipartisan support for farmworker, low income, and workforce housing. As budget chair I prevented Republican education and social service cuts.  As transportation chair I united business, labor and environmentalists, passing two landmark packages, investing billions in transit and highway safety.

 

As mayor, I’ll work with the school district to reduce crowding, improve quality, and increase state funding; EVERY Seattle student deserves excellence. I’ll partner with UW and community colleges to expand programs and access.

 

I’ll restore transportation funds and reprioritize safety and maintenance of our roads and bridges. I’ll work with state and regional leaders to expand bus and light rail.

 

There is no one size fits all approach to growth. I’ll make sure we put density where we have transit and infrastructure to support it.  I’ll protect the unique character of our neighborhoods while building a dynamic city.

 

I’ll reform our police department to restore public trust. I’ll make sure our officers get more training in Seattle and search nationally for a chief committed to reform, and respected by line officers.

 

Previously awarded “Legislator of the Year” by Washington Conservation Voters, I oppose coal trains and will work collaboratively to address climate change and Puget Sound cleanup.

 

Endorsed by: 43rd and 46th District and King County Democrats; Human Rights Campaign; former Governor Chris Gregoire; Equal Rights Washington; former Mayor Charley Royer; Seattle Building Trades Council; former Councilmember Martha Choe; Sheet Metal Workers; many others.

 

Together, we can do better. I ask for your support. Thank you.



For more information:

501 E PIKE ST
SEATTLE, WA 98122
(206) 569-8337
info@murray4mayor.com
www.murray4mayor.com

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Mike McGinn



Mike McGinn


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Statement:

When I took office four years ago the recession was taking a heavy toll on jobs and on our city budget.  I prioritized city services by listening to you at over 100 town halls in Seattle neighborhoods.  

 

You told me to protect essential government services and focus our investments carefully.  Here's what we did:

 

* Increased street maintenance and pothole repairs by 10% over previous city administrations. 

 

* Protected public safety budgets while reducing crime to the lowest level in 30 years.

 

*Protected the safety net for the most vulnerable.

 

* Rebuilt our rainy day fund while maintaining our city’s excellent bond rating. 

 

As our economy improved, we invested where you told us was most important. We are all concerned about graduation rates so I:

 

* Worked with the City Council to double the impact of the Families and Education levy which improved programs for early learning, after school activities, and academic interventions for at-risk youth.

 

* Launched a citywide attendance campaign to encourage kids to show up every day ready to learn.

 

* Expanded the Youth Violence Prevention Program to serve 20% more at-risk kids.

 

You also told me we have to plan for the future while protecting those things that make Seattle special. That's why I'll work to connect our neighborhoods with better broadband and new transit, including partnering regionally on new light rail lines.  We'll invest in early learning so more of our kids are ready for kindergarten.  We'll continue to partner with neighborhoods to support local businesses, make communities safer, and invest in local improvements like safe routes to school and expanded community center hours. 

 

I came into office as an outsider never holding public office before. But I worked to climb the learning curve as fast as I could.  I’m proud of the work we’ve done to keep Seattle thriving during tough times, strengthen our city’s education programs, lower crime rates and work with regional leaders to build a transportation system that works for every part of the city. I know who I work for - I work for you.

 

I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Local 8, the Sierra Club, the 37th District Democrats, the Cascade Bicycle Club. King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, Rep. Sharon Tomiko-Santos and many, many more. I’m excited to keep Seattle the best place in America to live and I ask for your vote. 



For more information:

PO BOX 23125
SEATTLE, WA 98102
(206) 428-7597
info@mcginnformayor.com
www.mcginnformayor.com

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Kate Martin



Kate Martin


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Dear Voter,

 

My name is Kate Martin.  I am running for Mayor of Seattle with a plan to bring us the change we need and the future we deserve.      

 

I am a businesswoman with 25 years of experience in planning and design.  Through both my professional work and the decades I have spent serving our city as a volunteer, I have gained a keen on-the-ground understanding of the issues, our neighborhoods, the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools.  Additionally, I bring to the table my 22 years of parenting experience.

 

I think the role of the mayor is to handle both the day to day operations of the City and to lead us with an inspiring vision of the big picture – not part of the picture, but the entire big picture.   I see so many opportunities for us to set the stage for shared prosperity - more jobs that pay well, housing we can afford to rent and buy, a full court press on nurturing the next generation, and a transportation system that includes sidewalks, excellent bus service, freight mobility, and mass transit solutions for our city and our region.      The mayor’s office should never be in the business of pitting one group against another.   My solutions create win-wins, not winners and losers. 

 

My politics are socially liberal and fiscally responsible.  We need to think about what progressive looks like in light of the post-recession “New Normal Economy”.  Just writing a check is not enough.  To me, progressive is frugal, healthy, safe, fair, diverse, trustworthy, sustainable, just and affordable.   Progressive policies must be proactive.  They must rebuild the middle class, put kids first, and solve problems.  I am that kind of progressive. 

 

A pound of prevention is my recipe for success.  As mayor, I will help aim resources at problems before they get big and expensive.  City government must stop eating our seed corn and systematically invest with discipline and forethought in our City’s future and that of our children.    

 

I offer you my professional expertise in planning, design and business as well as a common sense, down to earth fresh start that will bring us the change we need and the future we deserve.  Please join me on my journey to City Hall.  Let’s make this an election, not an auction.    

 

Vote for Kate!

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Martin, Candidate for Seattle Mayor

 

 



For more information:

412 NW 73RD ST
SEATTLE, WA 98117
(206) 783-6538
kate@katemartinformayor.com
www.katemartinformayor.com

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Doug McQuaid



Doug McQuaid


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Professional/Career Experience: Practiced law in Seattle since 1972. Owner/manager of private businesses in West Seattle (1996 - Present).

 

Education: University of Washington: B.A. in Business Administration (1967); Willamette University College of Law: Doctor of Jurisprudence (1972).

 

Community Service: Pro bono legal services; Volunteer in treatment and self-help organizations for alcohol/drug addiction (2004 - Present); Belong to numerous community and charitable organizations.

 

Statement:  I was born in Seattle in 1945.  As a true Seattleite, I was have resided and worked my entire life in the Greater Seattle area.  I answered the call of duty to my country in 1968 to interrupt my legal education half-way through law school to serve as a combat infantry soldier in the Vietnam War (1969-1970), regardless of the justness of the cause, and I was awarded numerous  combat honors and medals.  Upon return from the war, I completed my legal education at Willamette University and returned to my home and began my legal career in Seattle in 1972.  I have over 40 years of successful legal experience practicing law in the City of Seattle and have participating and supported its growth as the best and most livable City in the country.  

 

The Mayor of Seattle is legally a nonpartisan office, as it should be.  The leadership of the City is not suited for politicians or supporters of special interests or affiliations promoting their personal partisan agendas.  The Mayor should be an independent leader working for the best interests of each and every resident of the City, regardless of his/her political interests, causes, ethnicity, color or sexual orientation.  I am a true independent nonpartisan candidate - not an advocate for any individual cause, party or special interest.  I intend to be impartial, unbiased and independent and to serve all the people of this City based on my long experience and wisdom.  I will listen and work harmoniously for all the people of the City with respect, dignity and integrity. 

 

Money and politics don't mix with effective unified leadership.  I do not intend to solicit donations, endorsements or money from any persons, partisanship organizations or groups promoting a special interest.  We need to work together to stop any divisiveness and animosity to build the original vision of a "Greater Seattle."  I intend to work tirelessly to bring transparency and honesty back to this City, and if mistakes are made to frankly admit and correct them.



For more information:

4752 41ST AVE. S.W., SUITE A
SEATTLE, WA 98116
(206) 402-5110
douglasmcq@comcast.net
www.mcquaid4mayor.org

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Joey Gray



Joey Gray


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Occupation: Section not used by City of Seattle candidates

Statement:

Nine candidates want to be your next mayor. Only one has the right combination of experience, values, compassion, vision and people skills to help Seattle and its residents not only meet our challenges, but thrive: Joey Gray.

 

Imagine a mayor who:

  • Has a lifelong record of transformational, visionary leadership - locally, nationally, and internationally; 
  • Addresses causes rather than symptoms, looks upstream to solve issues; 
  • Has the skill and will to prevent rather than politicize social problems; 
  • Makes success more about you than them; 
  • Understands that climate change is our greatest crisis, that job creation can and must be consistent with meeting that challenge, and that Seattle is uniquely poised as a leader in the new green economy; 
  • Successfully led a national organization and a global movement with tens of thousands of athletes, volunteers and staff; someone who won't need to learn on the job how to oversee city employees; 
  • Is so geeky about ensuring that administrative codes work better for all that her academic training is in organizational learning - changing codes and rulemaking; 
  • Will recruit, support, and retain the best employees our city can possibly have, while shielding staff from unnecessary politics; 
  • Has both dined with presidents and stood proudly on the front lines of the Occupy movement; 
  • Would never sell out in private to the .01 percent while simultaneously whipping up public sentiment against “back room deals”; 
  • Values diverse input and expertise; 
  • Listens well; prefers listening over pontification; 
  • Adept at structuring communication systems that bring our city’s best ideas, talents and resources together to solve problems; 
  • Has advocated successfully for bicycle infrastructure in Washington State since the 1980’s; 
  • Prioritizes civil rights, privacy, and the dignity of every individual; 
  • Was raised in a moderate Republican family, interned for a Democratic Congressman, was a proud Obama delegate, and will serve in this nonpartisan office as fiercely independent; 
  • Will continue to work tirelessly and creatively to resolve conflicts with kindness, grace, and strength rather than to indulge divisiveness; 
  • A mayor who walks her talk. 

Joey Gray is this kind of leader – a steady, systems-oriented, gracious visionary who prefers prevention over political drama, vision over reaction, and public service over ambition.

 

Joey has the exact combination of skills, values, experience and temperament that Seattle needs. She's our best next mayor: Vote Joey Gray.



For more information:

P.O. BOX 12361
SEATTLE, WA 98111
(206) 452-3854
info@votejoeygray.com
www.votejoeygray.com

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