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In this episode I sit down with Michael Maddux, a paralegal and Democratic Party leader running for Seattle City Council in District 4. Michael helped spearhead the formation of permanent parks and recreation funding through the voter-approved Seattle Parks District in 2013. And hailing from Eastlake, a neighborhood that has not seen its fair share of public investment over the past two decades, Michael has a vision for a more vibrant and equitable city. His ideas include reforming the land use code to better protect neighborhood character while increasing housing stock, improving how police officers and construction workers are recruited from within the community,  creating a more progressive tax structure, and investing more in schools as the city grows.

Michael closed by referencing the uncertainty around Sound Transit funding, saying, “We don’t need Olympia’s approval to be a great city. When we thrive our whole area thrives.…the last time we had massive, bold investments in the area was the 1960s and 1970s, Forward Thrust. Let’s do it again. Let’s do it for housing, for transit, and parks”.

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Map of Seattle’s new City Council districts. Seats 8 and 9 are citywide. Click to enlarge. (King County Elections)

This article is a cross-post from The Northwest Urbanist, the personal blog of Scott Bonjukian. He is a graduate student at the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design and Planning.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Three Republicans (1, 5 and 7) and six (2, 3, 4, 6 and two at-large) Democrats. That seems a closer fit to the actual city than all Democrats as today. Better decisions may be made with a wider cross-section of the city present at the table.

    • I suppose I’m not really following closley, but I don’t recall any Republicans. Who are you defining as Republican? And why would one ever have a chance outside of Broadmoor again? Looks like all the top candidates are lefties of varying stripes to me. If a Republican wins *any* district, I’ll eat my hat.

  2. Yikes. I could read this interview/discussion in 2 – 3 minutes, but I’m certainly not going to listen to 47 minutes of audio.

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