Who should lead Seattle?

Meet the candidates running for City Council in 2019

All seven of the Seattle City Council’s district seats are up for grabs in 2019, and four races are for open seats, with no incumbents running. Two candidates in each district advanced past August’s crowded primary election to compete in the Nov. 5 general election.


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Choose your district to learn about who's running.

  • District 1
    West Seattle, South Park
  • District 2
    Southeast Seattle, Georgetown
  • District 3
    Central Seattle
  • District 4
    Northeast Seattle
  • District 5
    North Seattle
  • District 6
    Northwest Seattle
  • District 7
    Pioneer Square to Magnolia

Reporting by Dan Beekman. This information was last updated on October 16, 2019

District 1

Lisa Herbold, 52

Seattle City Council member

Lisa Herbold is the District 1 incumbent. First elected in 2015, Herbold has focused on renter and worker rights.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Affordability/homelessness

What committee would you like to chair? Public safety

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $175,602
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 2312

Where do you live? Highland Park
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? No

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? No

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Maybe

http://District1forHerbold.org

District 1

Phillip Tavel, 48

Attorney

Phillip Tavel is an attorney and former video-game developer. He ran for the District 1 seat in 2015 but didn't advance past the primary election.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Not effectively and equitably delivering services to address housing, mental-health, public-safety and substance-disorder issues

What committee would you like to chair? Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $154,042
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1487

Where do you live? Arbor Heights
Own or rent? Rent

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? Maybe

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Maybe

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Maybe

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? No

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

http://tavelforseattle.com/

District 2

Mark Solomon, 59

Seattle Police Department crime-prevention coordinator

Mark Solomon is a longtime crime-prevention coordinator with the Seattle Police Department with deep roots on Beacon Hill.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Affordable livability

What committee would you like to chair? Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $99,105
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1225

Where do you live? North Beacon Hill
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? Yes

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Yes

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Maybe

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? No

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Maybe

https://marksolomon.org/

District 2

Tammy Morales, 50

Community organizer

Tammy Morales was was narrowly defeated in District 2 in 2015. A Rainier Beach community organizer, she previously worked as a consultant on healthful food access.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Inequality and racial disparities in wealth, housing, education, health care and justice

What committee would you like to chair? Planning, Land Use and Zoning

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $175,156
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 2299

Where do you live? Lakewood
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? No

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? No

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Maybe

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Yes

http://www.votefortammy.com/

District 3

Egan Orion, 48

Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce executive director

Egan Orion is the executive director of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. He also manages PrideFest Seattle Center and PrideFest Capitol Hill.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Without a doubt the homelessness crisis and all its parts — the shelter crisis, mental-health and substance-abuse crisis and the affordability crisis — is the most pressing issue in the daily lives of citizens, both sheltered and unsheltered.

What committee would you like to chair? Human Services, Equitable Development and Renter Rights

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $296,728
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 2048

Where do you live? Central District
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Maybe

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? Maybe

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Yes

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Maybe

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

https://www.eganforseattle.org

District 3

Kshama Sawant, 46

Seattle City Council member

Kshama Sawant is the District 3 incumbent and an activist with the Socialist Alternative Party. First elected in 2013, Sawant has focused on economic and social-justice issues.

What’s the city’s most important problem? We need to make Seattle a city that is affordable for all.

What committee would you like to chair? Human Services, Equitable Development and Renter Rights

Voucher status: Not participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $387,730
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 5344

Where do you live? Leschi
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? No

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? No

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Yes

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Yes

https://www.kshamasawant.org/

District 4

Alex Pedersen, 50

City Council candidate

Alex Pedersen was most recently a manager at a company that helps to preserve affordable housing. He previously worked for former Councilmember Tim Burgess.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Residents and local businesses want and deserve more accountability from their City Council.

What committee would you like to chair? Utilities, Housing or Budget

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $177,574
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1585

Where do you live? Ravenna
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? Maybe

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Maybe

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? No

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? No

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

https://electalexpedersen.org/

District 4

Shaun Scott, 34

Journalist, author and caretaker

Shaun Scott is a writer and an organizer with the Democratic Socialists of America. He says Seattle should tax the rich and allow denser housing.

What’s the city’s most important problem? A regressive tax climate that balances budgets on the backs of working people, students and vulnerable homeowners

What committee would you like to chair? Planning, Land Use and Zoning

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $170,802
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 2103

Where do you live? Eastlake
Own or rent? Rent

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? No

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? Yes

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? No

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Yes

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Yes

https://scott2019.com/

District 5

Ann Davison Sattler, 50

Attorney

Ann Davison Sattler is an attorney who once worked for the Seattle SuperSonics. She says the city should further subsidize recreational activities for low-income children.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Homelessness combined with an opioid epidemic

What committee would you like to chair? Housing, Health and Workers' Rights

Voucher status: Not participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $53,383
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 311

Where do you live? Wedgwood
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Yes

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? No

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? No

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? No

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

https://neighborsforann.com/

District 5

Debora Juarez, 59

Seattle City Council member

Debora Juarez is the District 5 incumbent. She's overseen deals to renovate KeyArena and the downtown waterfront.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Seattle, especially District 5, is growing at a rapid rate so we need to focus on homelessness, public safety and the need for more transportation options like light rail.

What committee would you like to chair? Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $147,965
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1647

Where do you live? Lake City
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? No

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? Maybe

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Maybe

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Maybe

https://www.deborajuarez.com

District 6

Dan Strauss, 33

Seattle City Council policy adviser

Dan Strauss has worked for Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and state Sen. David Frockt.

What’s the city’s most important problem? The city and county need to regionally address homelessness in coordination with the state.

What committee would you like to chair? Transportation

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $171,509
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 2117

Where do you live? Ballard
Own or rent? Rent

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? Maybe

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Maybe

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? Maybe

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Yes

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

https://www.SeattleforDanStrauss.org

District 6

Heidi Wills, 51

Co-owner of a small business

Heidi Wills was a council member from 1999 to 2003. She's run a nonprofit that uses golf to help young people.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Addressing affordable housing and homelessness

What committee would you like to chair? Budget

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $195,389
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1763

Where do you live? Fremont
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? Maybe

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Yes

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? Yes

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Maybe

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? No

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

https://heidiwills.com

District 7

Andrew J. Lewis, 29

Seattle assistant city attorney

Andrew Lewis is a prosecutor in the Seattle City Attorney's Office. He previously worked for former Councilmember Sally Clark.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Homelessness and affordability

What committee would you like to chair? Housing

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $140,896
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1692

Where do you live? Uptown
Own or rent? Rent

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? Maybe

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Maybe

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Yes

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? No

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? Yes

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? No

https://www.lewisforseattle.com

District 7

Jim Pugel, 60

Retired police leader

Jim Pugel is a former Seattle interim police chief. He most recently served as chief deputy in the King County Sheriff's Office.

What’s the city’s most important problem? Bringing various groups together to prevent future and resolve current homelessness

What committee would you like to chair? Public Safety or Human Services

Voucher status: Participating

Contributions (cash and redeemed vouchers): $188,746
Contributors (cash and redeemed vouchers): 1594

Where do you live? Queen Anne
Own or rent? Own

Are Seattle’s largest businesses paying the city enough in taxes? No

Does Seattle have enough tax revenue to address homelessness? Maybe

Should Seattle toll downtown streets? No

Should Seattle allow duplexes and triplexes on more blocks? Maybe

Does Seattle need a larger police force? Yes

Should Seattle be building a First Avenue streetcar line? Not now

Would Seattle benefit from a safe drug-consumption site? No

Could Seattle benefit from rent control? Maybe

https://www.jimpugel.com/