Color banners head by campaign volunteers for MLK Labor canvases.
MLK Labor Council hosted a Labor Day cookout rally for its endorsed candidates including Councilmembers Tammy Morales, Dan Strauss, and Andrew Lewis. (Courtesy of campaign)

In just two months, voters will elect a new Seattle City Council, and the race is on for candidates to make their closing pitches. Urbanist-endorsed candidates had a very good showing in the August primary. Six of seven candidates endorsed by The Urbanist Elections Committee advanced, with five of them the top vote-getters in their district. Still, endorsed candidates will need a strong grassroots campaign to close the deal, especially facing the prospect of another centrist money bomb and media blitz like Seattle has seen in recent races.

Below is a list of canvassing events and opportunities to support The Urbanist’s endorsed candidates. If you’d like to see Seattle move in an urbanist direction, this is something tangible you can do to make it happen.

The Urbanist’s slate shares our urgency for addressing the housing affordability crisis, for implementing a green new deal to decarbonize our economy, for improving public transit, and for designing streets to be safer for people walking, rolling, and biking. Let’s send them to City Hall!

The candidate’s district is noted in parentheses after the event name. For example, Seattle City Council District 4 is abbreviated SCC-D4 and King County Council District 8 is abbreviated KCC-D8. Please note that some of our endorsed candidates may not have events listed on this page as they haven’t yet been shared with us; as they are shared with us we will add them to this post and we still support them! Many of these folks have volunteer pages on their websites that we encourage you to check out. Campaign websites are hyperlinked to candidate names in the list below.

The Urbanist endorsed Seattle City Council slate

King County Council slate

Bellevue City Council slate

Port of Seattle slate

Campaign events with Urbanist-endorsed candidates

Wednesday 9/6

Complete Communities Coalition Land Use Forum for SCC D1, D3, D4, and D5

  • Where: First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Avenue) or via livestream.
  • When: 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Details: Check out our writeup, which will include links to the forum videos after the fact.

Thursday 9/7

Canvassing for Ron Davis in Bryant (SCC-D4)

  • Where: 5250 40th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • When: 5:30 pm onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info. 

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4-7 pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 9/8

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4-7 pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 9/9

Canvassing for Ron Davis in Ravenna (SCC-D4)

  • Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Park (6535 Ravenna Avenue NE)
  • When: 10 am onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. RSVP here.

Maren Costa General Election Campaign Kickoff: Featuring Tacos & Sunshine (SCC-D1)

  • Where: Southwest corner of Walt Hundley Playfield (3223 SW Myrtle Street Seattle, WA 98126)
  • When: Canvass kickoff @ 10:30 am, rally @ 1 pm
  • Details: First, door knock of the general election starts at 10:30am, then kickoff rally and tacos from our friends at El Catrin back in the park at 1pm (door knocking not required to get tacos!). RSVP here.

Community Canvass for Alex Hudson (SCC-D3)

  • Where: Broadcast Coffee Roasters (1918 E Yesler Way)
  • When: 11 am – 1 pm
  • Details: Join Alex to knock on doors and talk to neighbors about urbanism, public transit, and how to make better and healthier communities! RSVP here.

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Canvass or Phonebank With Team Tammy Morales (SCC-D2)

  • Where: Location provided upon RSVP
  • When: Varies, discuss upon RSVP. Canvasses are usually Saturdays.
  • Details: Sign up via the volunteer form.

Sunday 9/10

Community Canvass for Alex Hudson (SCC-D3)

  • Where: Broadcast Coffee Roasters (1918 E Yesler Way)
  • When: 11am – 1pm
  • Details: Join Alex to knock on doors and talk to neighbors about urbanism, public transit, and how to make better and healthier communities! RSVP here.

Tuesday 9/12

Democracy Voucher Party for Dan Strauss (SCC-D3)

  • Where: RSVP for location
  • When: 5:30pm onwards
  • Details: Join a neighbor-run democracy voucher fundraiser in District 6 to spread word about my campaign and help raise the resources we need to win! RSVP to Bridge Williams at bridget@bobmanconsulting.com.

Wednesday 9/13

Fundraiser to Re-Elect Girmay Zahilay (KCC-D2)

  • Where: Boon Boona Cafe (1223 E. Cherry Street)
  • When: 5:30 – 7pm
  • Details: RSVP here.

Thursday 9/14

Canvassing for Ron Davis in Roosevelt (SCC-D4)

  • Where: Froula Playground (7200 12th Avenue NE)
  • When: 2 pm onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info, or RSVP here. Bring a charged phone!

Alex Hudson General Election Kick-Off (SCC-D3)

  • Where: Location provided upon RSVP.
  • When: 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • Details: At the event, you’ll be able to meet Alex, ask her questions about her plans for City Hall, and learn how you can support this campaign. RSVP here.

Maren Costa Happy Hour Fundraiser w/ Victory Fund & Labor Leaders! (SCC-D1)

  • Where: 1521 2nd Avenue (details upon RSVP)
  • When: 5:30 – 7pm
  • Details: Support LGBTQ Victory Fund Spotlight candidate Maren Costa alongside co-hosts Brady Walkinshaw, Teresa Mosqueda, Katie Garrow, Nicole Grant, Tom Lambro, Mona Smith, Justin Voskuhl, and many more! RSVP by emailing Jess @ pisane.treasurer@gmail.com.

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 9/15

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 9/16

Canvassing for Ron Davis (SCC-D4)

  • Where: Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St)
  • When: Noon onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info, or RSVP here. Bring a charged phone!

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters; this event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias Parade with Teresa Mosqueda (KCC-D8)

  • Where: Sea Mar Community Care Center (1040 S. Henderson Street)
  • When: 11am onwards
  • Details: Join Senator Rebecca Saldaña and Teresa Mosqueda at this year’s Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias parade, which is back after a three-year hiatus, to celebrate our Latinx culture. Contact alexis@teamteresa.org for questions and to RSVP.

Saturday Canvass for Dan Strauss (SCC-D6)

  • Where: Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th Street)
  • When: 11am onwards
  • Details: Join Team Strauss for a canvass to reach neighbors on the doors and spread support for the campaign! RSVP to ryan@d6danstrauss.org or 503.894.1285.

Community Canvass for Alex Hudson (SCC-D3)

  • Where: Armistice Coffee Eastlake (2201 Eastlake Avenue E)
  • When: 11am – 1pm
  • Details: Join Alex to knock on doors and talk to neighbors about urbanism, public transit, and how to make better and healthier communities! RSVP here.

Canvass or Phonebank With Team Tammy Morales (SCC-D2)

  • Where: Location provided upon RSVP
  • When: Varies, discuss upon RSVP. Canvasses are usually Saturdays.
  • Details: Sign up via the volunteer form.

Sunday 9/17

Filipino Community of Seattle Fundraiser for Teresa Mosqueda (KCC-D8)

  • Where: Filipino Community Center (5740 MLK Jr. Way South)
  • When: 4-6pm
  • Details: Join the Filipino Community of Seattle and hosts Velma Veloria, Emma Catague, Edwin Obras, Sameth Mell, and Chris Alejano for a fundraiser in support of Teresa Mosqueda’s campaign for King County Council District 8. RSVP here.

Community Canvass for Alex Hudson (SCC-D3)

  • Where: Armistice Coffee Eastlake (2201 Eastlake Avenue E)
  • When: 11am – 1pm
  • Details: Join Alex to knock on doors and talk to neighbors about urbanism, public transit, and how to make better and healthier communities! RSVP here.

Monday 9/18

El Centro de la Raza Fundraiser for Jorge Barón + Teresa Mosqueda (KCC-D4, D8)

  • Where: Centilia Cultural Center, El Centro de la Raza (1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival Street)
  • When: 6-8pm
  • Details: Join this event to hear directly from King County Council candidates, ask questions about the issues most important to you, and support these critical campaigns. Beverages and light snacks will be served. RSVP here.

Wednesday 9/20

Democracy Voucher Party for Dan Strauss (SCC-D3)

  • Where: RSVP for location
  • When: 5:30pm onwards
  • Details: Join a neighbor-run democracy voucher fundraiser in District 6 to spread the word about my campaign and help raise the resources needed to win! RSVP to Bridge Williams at bridget@bobmanconsulting.com.

Skyway Mixer to Re-Elect Girmay Zahilay (KCC-D2)

  • Where: A Neighbor’s House (12214 75th Avenue S)
  • When: 5:30 – 7pm
  • Details: RSVP here.

Thursday 9/21

Canvassing for Ron Davis in Fremont (SCC-D4)

  • Where: Gas Works Park Parking Lot
  • When: 1 pm onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info, or RSVP here. Bring a charged phone! 

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 9/22

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 9/23

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters. This event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Door Knock with Team Teresa (KCC-D8) & Krystal Marx

  • Where: Moshier Park (430 S. 156th Street, Burien)
  • When: 10am onwards
  • Details: There’s so much at stake in the race for King County Council. Let’s ensure we are connecting with voters across District 8 by joining us for a canvass featuring Team Teresa and Krystal Marx, Burien City Council candidate! Contact alexis@teamteresa.org to RSVP.

Canvassing for Ron Davis in Wallingford (SCC-D4)

  • Where: Wallingford Playfield (4219 Wallingford Ave N)
  • When: 11 am onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info, or RSVP here. Bring a charged phone!

Saturday Canvass for Dan Strauss (SCC-D6)

  • Where: Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th Street)
  • When: 11am onwards
  • Details: Join Team Strauss for a canvass to reach neighbors on the doors and spread support for the campaign! RSVP to ryan@d6danstrauss.org or 503.894.1285.

Canvass or Phonebank With Team Tammy Morales (SCC-D2)

  • Where: Location provided upon RSVP
  • When: Varies, discuss upon RSVP. Canvasses are usually Saturdays.
  • Details: Sign up via the volunteer form.

Tuesday 9/26

Canvassing for Ron Davis in Meridian (SCC-D4)

  • Where: Meridian Playground (4920 Meridian Ave N)
  • When: 2 pm pm onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info, or RSVP here. Bring a charged phone!

Thursday 9/28

Democracy Voucher Party for Dan Strauss (SCC-D3)

  • Where: RSVP for location
  • When: 6:30pm onwards
  • Details: Join a neighbor-run democracy voucher fundraiser in District 6 to spread word about my campaign and help raise the resources we need to win! RSVP to Bridge Williams at bridget@bobmanconsulting.com.

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 9/29

  • Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)
  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 9/30

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters; this event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Canvassing for Ron Davis (SCC-D4)

  • Where: John Stanford International School (4057 5th Ave NE)
  • When: 11 am onwards
  • Details: No experience necessary. Email info@seattle4ron.com to get more info, or RSVP here. Bring a charged phone!

Saturday Canvass for Dan Strauss (SCC-D6)

  • Where: Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th Street)
  • When: 11am onwards
  • Details: Join Team Strauss for a canvass to reach neighbors on the doors and spread support for the campaign! RSVP to ryan@d6danstrauss.org or 503.894.1285.

Canvass or Phonebank With Team Tammy Morales (SCC-D2)

  • Where: Location provided upon RSVP
  • When: Varies, discuss upon RSVP. Canvasses are usually Saturdays.
  • Details: Sign up via the volunteer form.

Wednesday 10/4

Community Fundraiser for Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Halcyon Brewery (8564 Greenwood Avenue N)
  • When: Time TBD
  • Details: Join us to enjoy locally-brewed beer, discuss community priorities, and support Jorge’s campaign for King County Council. RSVP here.

Thursday 10/5

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4-7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Belltown Mixer to Re-Elect Girmay Zahilay (KCC-D2)

  • Where: 583 Battery Street
  • When: 6 – 7:30pm
  • Details: RSVP here.

Friday 10/6

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4 – 7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 10/7

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters; this event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Door Knock with Team Teresa (KCC-D8) & the 34th Dems

  • Where: Burien Press (423 SW 152nd Street, Burien)
  • When: 10am onwards
  • Details: Canvass with Team Teresa, the 34th District Democrats, Krystal Marx, Burien City Council candidate, and other progressive candidates running for office! Contact alexis@teamteresa.org to RSVP.

Thursday 10/12

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4 – 7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 10/13

Downtown Mixer to Re-Elect Girmay Zahilay (KCC-D2)

  • Where: The Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Avenue, 75th floor)
  • When: 12 – 2:30 pm
  • Details: RSVP here.

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4 – 7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 10/14

Door Knock with Team Teresa (KCC-D8) & MLK Labor

  • Where: Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW)
  • When: 10am onwards
  • Details: Canvass with Team Teresa, Seattle City Council candidate Maren Costa, and MLK Labor as we connect with voters across West Seattle! Contact alexis@teamteresa.org to RSVP.

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters; this event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Thursday 10/19

Eastlake Mixer to Re-Elect Girmay Zahilay (KCC-D2)

  • Where: The Home of Dave & Mary Sue Galvin (2019 Fairview Avenue E, Houseboat F)
  • When: 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Details: RSVP here.

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4 – 7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 10/20

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4 – 7 pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 10/21

Door Knock with Team Teresa (KCC-D8) & the 34th Dems

  • Where: C&P Coffee Company (5612 California Avenue SW)
  • When: 10am onwards
  • Details: Ballots will hit mailboxes beginning October 18 and we hope you can join Team Teresa and the 34th District Democrats, who will host their PCO kick off, for a canvass in West Seattle to begin Get Out The Vote efforts. Contact alexis@teamteresa.org to RSVP.

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10 am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters. This event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Wednesday 10/25

Belltown Mixer to Re-Elect Girmay Zahilay (KCC-D2)

  • Where: The Business of Christine Geronimo (1521 S 92nd Place Suite A)
  • When: 5:30 – 7 pm
  • Details: RSVP here.

Thursday 10/26

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Lake City Farmers Market (NE 125th Street & 28th Avenue NE)
  • When: 4 – 7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Friday 10/27

Tabling for ChrisTiana ObeySumner (SCC-D5)

  • Where: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market (6761 Phinney Avenue N)
  • When: 4 – 7pm
  • Details: No RSVP needed. Contact Ruwida at 206.484.4283 for questions.

Saturday 10/28

Knock Doors with Team Jorge Barón (KCC-D4)

  • Where: Northwest Seattle (varies)
  • When: 10 am – noon
  • Details: Join us to knock doors and talk to our neighbors about why this election matters. This event is perfect for both first-time door knockers and expert door knockers. RSVP here.

Door Knock with Team Teresa (KCC-D8) & MLK Labor

  • Where: Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW)
  • When: 10am onwards
  • Details: Canvass with Team Teresa, Seattle City Council candidate Maren Costa, and MLK Labor as we connect with voters across West Seattle! Contact alexis@teamteresa.org to RSVP.

Endorsements Note: In Seattle Council District 5, The Urbanist’s endorsed candidate (Nilu Jenks) finished third, but the committee endorsed the second-place finisher ChrisTiana ObeySumner for the general election. In King County Council District 4, the committee endorsed Becka Johnson Poppe, who finished 3rd; the committee endorsed Jorge Barón for the general.

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Doug Trumm is publisher of The Urbanist. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2019. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.

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Rian Watt is the executive director of The Urbanist.