Turnout for primary elections are historically low compared to the general elections, lower on off-years (odd-numbered years without presidential or mid-term elections). And this year voters may have an even tougher time deciding, with 21 candidates running for mayor, eight candidates running for an open at-large seat on the Seattle City Council (left open by Tim Burgess’s retirement). 

But it’s not too late. Ballots are due Tuesday, and PubliCola is doing a press blitz for those who are still undecided at the 11th hour of voting. Questions largely focused on affordable housing, homelessness, and the city’s efforts at police accountability—three hot-button topics in this year’s election—but the profiles also give a taste of the candidates’ backgrounds and what they say their priorities would be in elected office. 

Here are the profiles we’ve published so far. More will be coming Thursday and Friday. We prioritized the high-profile mayoral candidates first, those most likely to make it through the primary, with the goal of also profiling candidates who have raised or put more than $10,000 into their campaigns (Gary Brose, Greg Hamilton, Michael Harris, and Harley Lever). 

In This Feature:

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Jenny Durkan

This is the first of a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Jessyn Farrell

The second story in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Bob Hasegawa

The third in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Mike McGinn

The fourth in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Cary Moon

The fifth in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/21/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Nikkita Oliver

The sixth in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/24/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8 Race

Candidate Profile: Hisam Goueli

"It became clear that health care was just not represented in policymaking decisions."

07/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8 Race

Candidate Profile: Jon Grant

"For a very long time, I really believed that the way that you made change is through community organizing and community pressure."

07/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8 Race

Candidate Profile: Mac McGregor

"The last election really propelled me to say it's time. People like me are not going back to the shadows again."

07/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8 Race

Candidate Profile: Teresa Mosqueda

"It's about finding that common ground and finding a pathway forward."

07/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council 2017

Fremont Brewing Owner Sara Nelson Joins Race for City Council

The small business woman says her experience working in both the private and public sectors prepared her for the seat.

04/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine