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
WATCH: District 1 debate (aired October 1)
District 2: Beacon Hill, Columbia City, and Rainier Valley
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
WATCH: District 4 debate (aired October 5)
District 5: North Seattle
WATCH: District 5 debate (aired September 21)
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
WATCH: District 7 debate (aired September 26)