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Seattle City Council candidates face off in 7 debates

Fourteen Seattle City Council candidates debated ahead of the November election.
Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Seattle City Council members listen to a speaker Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, during a Council meeting in Seattle.

SEATTLE — Candidates in seven Seattle City Council races faced off over the last month in a series of debates.

It’s an open field for four of the seven seats that are up for grabs as Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2) and Councilmembers Abel Pacheco (District 4), Mike O’Brien (District 6), and Sally Bagshaw (District 7) will not seek re-election.

Video of the complete debates, which were organized by CityClub, are posted on the KING 5 YouTube channel and in this story. For the best viewing experience, it is recommended to watch the debates on YouTube.

District 1: West Seattle

Incumbent Lisa Herbold, who is serving her first term, is running against public defender Phil Tavel.

WATCH: District 1 debate (aired October 1)

District 2: Beacon Hill, Columbia City, and Rainier Valley

Tammy Morales, a community organizer and former Seattle human rights commissioner, and Mark Solomon, a Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator, vie for the open seat.

WATCH: District 2 debate (aired September 17)

District 3: Capitol Hill, Central District, and Madrona

Incumbent Kshama Sawant, who has served since 2014, faces off against Egan Orion, an LGBT advocate and former head of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. KING 5’s Chris Daniels moderated this debate.

WATCH: District 3 debate (aired September 26)

District 4: University District, Wedgwood, and Wallingford

Shaun Scott, an advocacy journalist and labor organizer, and Alex Pedersen, the former legislative aide to former Councilmember Tim Burgess, vie for the open seat.

WATCH: District 4 debate (aired October 5)

District 5: North Seattle

Attorney Ann Davison Sattler challenges incumbent Debora Juarez, who was elected in 2015.

WATCH: District 5 debate (aired September 21)

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District 6: Ballard and Green Lake

Heidi Wills, former executive director of The First Tee of Greater Seattle, and Dan Strauss, senior policy advisor to Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, vie for the open seat. Wills also has ties to Seattle City Council, serving as a council member from 1999 to 2003.

WATCH: District 6 debate (aired September 21)

District 7: Magnolia, Queen Anne, and downtown Seattle

Deputy City Attorney Andrew Lewis will square off against former Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel for the open seat.

WATCH: District 7 debate (aired September 26)

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