The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has backed just one incumbent in the wide open city council races.
CASE endorsed Phil Tavel for District 1.
Mark Solomon was endorsed for District 2.
The political organization backed Egan Orion, who heads the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce in Sawant’s District 3.
Alex Pedersen, an early leader in fundraising, got the endorsement for District 4 in North Seattle.
CASE split its endorsements for District 6 and District 7.
“Seattle needs elected leaders who are trustworthy and effective,” said Chamber President and CEO Marilyn Strickland in a prepared statement. “As a former mayor, I know that serving elected office requires engaging in constructive dialogue and making tough decisions. It’s not about ideological purity or echo chamber politics. It’s about delivering effective results for the city and neighborhoods you serve.”
The Chamber of Commerce says recent polling shows 52% of Seattle voters disapprove of the job the council is doing and 56% distrust the council overall.
“This is a change election,” said CASE Executive Director Markham McIntyre.
The Downtown Seattle Association released candidates scorecards this week. Wills scored the highest of any at 98%.