The top candidates for Seattle mayor answered tough questions and laid out their vision for the city's future in KING 5-KUOW Public Radio's primary election debate Monday.
- Jenny Durkan
- Jessyn Farrell
- Bob Hasegawa
- Michael McGinn
- Cary Moon
- Nikkita Oliver
They answered a series of tough questions and issues ranging from the city's budget, affordability for residents and businesses, growing homelessness and increasing traffic congestion.
All the candidates had definite opinions on homelessness, transit and policing. The operative word, however: priorities.
As far as transit goes, buses, bicycles and walking were all favored by all. McGinn was against light rail, and all said single occupancy vehicles were going the way of the dinosaur.
As for criminal justice, several candidates criticized the absence of Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole during the recent officer-involved shooting of Charleena Lyles.
The candidates were also asked if incumbent Seattle Mayor Ed Murray should resign, following new sexual abuse reports against Murray came to light. Four candidates said he should: Farrell, McGinn, Moon and Oliver. Durkan and Hasegawa said the legal process needs to run its course.
Tim Eyman also showed up at the debate to promote his effort to get a $30 car tab initiative on the ballot. Eyman says he wants to hear more from Seattle's candidates on that topic. Eyman needs to collect 260 signatures by the end of the year to get the initiative on the ballot next year.
Even though the candidates debated for an hour and a half, many viewers had questions the candidates didn't get to. So following the debate, GeekWire's Monica Nickelsburg and KING 5's Chris Daniels asked them questions in Digital Extra audience Q&A on the recent shootings, how to reduce traffic and where to put a new arena.
The six candidates were invited to participate in the Seattle mayoral debate based on the following criteria: whether the person is a declared candidate, their current level of funds raised by the candidate, the endorsements the candidates have received, and the candidate's comparative standing in an exclusive KING 5/KUOW SurveyUSA Poll.