The communities of West Seattle and South Park are about to get their first official seat on the Seattle City Council, and at least three candidates want that seat. Do they want it enough to partake in a winner-take-all midnight death match? Almost certainly not. Enough to share a stage for an introductory community forum? Absolutely.
Three of the official candidates (Amanda Kay Helmick, Chas Redmond, and George Capestany) will field questions suggested by West Seattle Blog readers, as well as partake in an audience Q&A session. The event will be moderated by WSB editor Tracy Record.
Seattle City Council District 1: First Look, Thu, Feb 5, 7pm, Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Free
Application Deadline for 'The Moth: Home Lost and Found'
The Moth offers an invaluable stage for people to tell their stories. The Moth Radio Hour and various other performances throughout the nation have showcased dynamic, funny, heartbreaking personal testimony in topics ranging from gender identity to video games.
"It's so important for people to see who is actually behind the numbers."
The Moth: Home Lost and Found is a Seattle University project that invites those who have dealt with family homelessness to share their story. The hope is to illuminate the public on the real struggles and dispel misconceptions.
But why would the Moth Format be an viable place to talk about homelessness? According to Catherine Hinrichsen, project manager at Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness, the Moth has proven to be a very popular model for storytelling. "Within our homeless community we are always looking for ways to improve our storytelling, because it's so important for people to see who is actually behind the numbers."
Application Deadline for 'The Moth: Home Lost and Found,' Fri, Feb 6, Various Locations, Free
Advance Notice for February 18
Two Former Representatives' Plan to Fix Congress
Tom Davis, former Republican congressman from Virginia, and Martin Frost, former Democratic congressman from Texas, have put together a plan to fix the perpetual partisan deadlock in Congress.
After their combined 40 years of experience in politics, the pair have come up with a rather obvious solution: the two sides of the aisle must learn to cooperate. Creating a bipartisan environment is certainly more complicated than it sounds, but Davis and Frost are here to explain how to achieve it.
Tom Davis and Martin Frost, Wed, Feb 18, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5