Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Elections Board

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The Urbanist was founded in 2014 to examine and influence urban policies. We believe cities provide unique opportunities for addressing many of the most challenging social, environmental, and economic problems. We serve as a resource for promoting and disseminating ideas, creating community, increasing political participation, and improving the places we live. The Elections Board consists of various staff members of The Urbanist and is a standing body representing the political values of our organization.
On election night, we provided a rundown of the early ballot returns. The outcome of many of the races we were following did not change, but some tightened and flipped as late-arriving progressive votes were counted. As we predicted, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant prevailed in her...
The early returns for the 2019 November General Election have been posted as of 8pm this evening. Counting will continue over the coming weeks, usually with daily counts being released after 4pm. Generally progressive candidates gain in late returns, so a small deficit (e.g., 5%) tonight, may...
It's that time of year. Amazon is cutting a million-dollar check to Seattle’s chamber of commerce political action committee. Their candidates are talking about accountability and responsibility, and we still don't know what that means--but it seems to pay well. Milquetoast Moderates insist it's their time. To...
As of 8pm this evening, the early returns for the 2019 August Primary have been posted. Counting will continue over the coming weeks, usually with daily counts being released after 4pm. The Urbanist Elections Board made endorsements in several Seattle and King County races last month, but...
Submitting answers to a questionnaire is a key part of our endorsement process and happens before meeting with us as The Urbanist Election Board. We recapped candidates’ responses on affordable housing strategies, Vision Zero, evictions/displacement, and the Center City streetcar. We'd also like to review candidates' responses on congestion...
We asked Seattle City Council candidates to fill out a questionnaire before meeting with The Urbanist Election Board as we decided which candidate to endorse in each race. We have posted features on candidates’ responses on a few key questions: affordable housing strategies, Vision Zero, and evictions/displacement. As the Seattle City Council...
We asked Seattle City Council candidates to submit answers to a questionnaire before meeting with us as The Urbanist Election Board decided which candidate to endorse in each race. We recapped candidates’ responses on affordable housing strategies and on Vision Zero. Another issue near and dear to our hearts is evictions...
We asked Seattle City Council candidates to submit answers to a questionnaire before meeting with us as The Urbanist Election Board decided which candidate to endorse in each race. Yesterday, we recapped candidates' affordable housing strategy responses. Another issue The Urbanist cares deeply about is protecting people...