Seattle will be choosing a new mayor and several city councilmembers this fall. The primary August 1 will choose the top two candidates in each race, regardless of party, and final choices will be made on Nov. 7, 2017. Register by July 3 to vote in the primary; if you miss that deadline, register by October 9 to vote in November.  Full information about King County elections here.  Expect to see your ballot in your mailbox shortly after July 12 for the primary and after October 18 for the general election.

Information about the candidates is beginning to proliferate through community and party forums and questionnaires:

 Summer 2017 Opportunities to learn about candidates for Mayor and City Council

Tonight, June 6 the Phinney Ridge Community Council will have Mike O’Brien at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Avenue North.

Tonight’s Phinney Ridge discussion with Councilmember Mike O’Brien will include how HALA, with its proposed building heights and no parking requirements will impact neighborhoods, increasing crime, property ownership requirements for backyard cottages and more! Phinney has an appeal related to a specific project and parking challenging the no parking requirements.

Mayoral forum this Thursday, June 8 at 7p.m. in Wedgwood sponsored by the Northeast District Council.  Location Wedgwood Presbyterian Church at the corner of 35th Ave. N.E. and 80th 7pm. All are welcome! Free! Mayoral candidates scheduled are:

  • Jeannie Durkin
  • Jessyn Farrell
  • Bob Hasegawa
  • Mike McGinn
  • Cary Moon
  • Nikkita Oliver

SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD COALITION candidate forum this Saturday, June 10 at 1pm at The Blackzone at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street with plenty of free parking.  Cost $10.00 and finger foods. This is the first of two events for Mayoral candidates, one on June 10, the other on July 8. On June 10, these candidates:

  • Jessyn Farrell 1:30-2:25pm
  • Jenny Durkan 2:30-3:25pm
  • Nikkita Oliver 3:30pm-4:25pm

SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD COALITION  July 8 8:30 a.m. start at The Central  500 30th Ave. S. Breakfast meeting. (fee)  On July 8, these candidates:

  • Cary Moon
  • Michael McGinn
  • Bob Hasagawa

Check details at

Wednesday, June 21 in Fremont– Picnic in the Park : Candidate Forum   12 noon-1:30pm Gas Works Picnic area  2101 N. Northlake Way sponsored by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce     All  City Council  8,9 candidates ,Mayoral, City Attorney, Port Commissioner have been invited. Fee $25.00 non-members, $20.00 members. Tables will be set up by topic and a 15-minute rotation will take place. Check website to pre-register in advance and to see which candidates are confirmed to attend. Click on green arrow for chamber, click on programs, click blue register button or go Fremont Chamber Event page on Facebook.  There is an option to pay at the door when pre-registering.

City Council Position 8 Candidate forum Tuesday, June 27 at 6:00-8:00 pm sponsored by the 36th Democrats and located at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 6512 23rd Avenue NW.

Confirmed so far are Hisam Goueli, Jon Grant, Mac McGregor, Teresa Mosqueda, Sheley Secrest and Charlene Strong. Please bring a can of food for a donation to the Ballard Food Bank .

Mike O Brien just announced he will be at the Fremont Library to discuss one on one concerns with  residents on July 11 from 4:30 pm-6 pm.

      Thanks to communications team at Wallingford Community Council for much of the above information.

There are also a variety of sources for detailed questionnaires completed by various candidates—if you have other questionnaire links, please add them in the comments. The Stranger published links to several candidates’ full questionnaires:

Jenny Durkan
Jessyn Farrell
Bob Hasegawa
Mike McGinn
Cary Moon

And from those seeking endorsement from the Democratic Party, find candidates’ questionnaires here (webpage) or here (google doc).