Meet the 2017 Mayoral Candidates

A primer on the six major hopefuls eyeing Seattle’s top seat.

Jenny Durkan

first openly gay U.S. attorney, Obama appointee

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Taurus

First Term Goal: Full compliance with police reform consent decree, significantly reduce the number of unsheltered homeless people, "increasing affordability"

Jessyn Farrell

former state representative, transit nerd

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Scorpio

First Term Goal: Expand the number of shelter beds and wrap-around services for people experiencing homelessness, develop a "clear urban agenda to manage our city’s growth and affordability"

Bob Hasegawa

state senator, municipal bank evangelist

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Virgo

First Term Goal: Create a municipal bank to finance "a public housing package, sidewalks, schools, and other critical infrastructure"

Mike McGinn

former mayor, podcaster, kayaktivist

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Sagittarius

First Term Goal: "Substantially" reduce the number of people sleeping outside without shelter in Seattle

Cary Moon

urban planner, tunnel opponent, Genius Award winner

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Gemini

First Term Goal: Levy new taxes to deter housing speculation, like taxes on corporate and non-resident ownership of housing, vacant or unused housing, and luxury homes. Use that money to fund affordable housing on public land.

Nikkita Oliver

lawyer, educator, activist

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Aquarius

First Term Goal: Build 1000 or more city-built and city-owned housing units, possibly built on city property. Fund this using the city’s bonding authority, a public bank, and money currently being used to sweep homeless encampments or prosecute "quality of life crimes."

We sent all six candidates the same questionnaire. Their answers, printed below, have been edited for length and clarity. We, not the candidates, wrote the section on “friends and enemies."

What is your favorite marijuana strain?

Durkan

The strain that doesn't make people paranoid about my commitment to legal weed. (Relax: I supported it, protected it, and won't let Jeff Sessions shut it down.)

Farrell

The strain it takes to reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance so we can begin to properly fund the research and development of new treatments for health issues.

Hasegawa

I do not use marijuana. As a CDL licensed driver, I fall under federal restrictions. However, I do vape. My favorite flavor is mango peach tango.

McGinn

Legal. BTW, my favorite wine is red. My favorite beer is cold.

Moon

Aliens on Moonshine. It’s a mellow happy body buzz, and magically helped my bestie get thru chemo.

Oliver

Marijuana makes me want to eat. I am trying to lean out for boxing.

Yes or No: Do you support a city income tax as a legal test case?

Yes

  • Hasegawa
  • Durkan
  • McGinn
  • Farrell
  • Moon
  • Oliver

No

  • No one.

Yes or No: Should the city’s contract negotiations with the Seattle Police Officers Guild remain confidential?

Yes

  • Hasegawa
  • Moon

Waffle

  • Durkan

    "There should be more transparency while also protecting collective bargaining rights."

  • Farrell

    "Collective bargaining as a rule is a confidential process between a city and its employees, represented by their union. Elements of accountability and constitutional policing, however, should be subject to some public oversight."

  • Oliver

    Oliver originally answered no to this question. In an endorsement meeting on 6/16, she said, "I understand daylighting is a slippery slope … How do we find an innovative mechanism that ensures the community gets a meaningful voice at the table?"

No

  • McGinn

What is the single most idiotic thing the Seattle Times editorial board has ever written?

Durkan

"Their support for the invasion of Iraq. Oh wait, am I remembering that right? Maybe I'm confusing them with someone else."

Farrell

"Opposition to light rail."

Hasegawa

"Legislators shouldn't waste time considering a publicly owned state bank."

McGinn

"Maybe not the most idiotic, but certainly the most harmful: the endorsement of George Bush vs. Al Gore. Okay, that was pretty idiotic."

Moon

"Reject Sound Transit 3."

Oliver

"An easier question would be what is the least idiotic thing written by the Seattle Times Editorial Board…"

Fuck, Marry, Kill: HALA, ST3, CPC

Durkan

"Marry them all!"

Farrell

"Marry ST3, Fuck HALA, Kill CPC"

Hasegawa

"Marry all 3, sounds like the Bride of Frankenstein."

McGinn

"I don’t want to fuck or kill any of them. That’s like asking me to play FMK with Prince, David Bowie and Lou Reed (although I never really liked Metal Machine Music). Love CPC and ST3, HALA could be improved a little."

Moon

"Fuck CPC because it’s immediate, is standing in front of us, and is right for now.
 Marry ST3 because we are fully in this relationship for the long haul, come hell or high water. (Or dog poop.)
 Kill HALA. Because it was only the first step, and we have way more work to do."

Oliver

Did not answer.

Durkan
Farrell
Hasegawa
McGinn
Moon
Oliver

Yes or No: Should the affordability requirements for new housing developments be increased from the current 2-11 percent?

Yes

  • OLIVER
  • HASEGAWA

Waffle

  • Farrell

    "Yes, but using tools that respect and allow the tremendous gains of the HALA process to continue."

  • McGinn

    "Yes for high-rise towers. No for missing middle housing in the low-rise zones because we do not want to inadvertently discourage it."

  • Moon

    "In a couple of neighborhoods, like downtown and South Lake Union, YES we could and should have pushed requirements higher. Otherwise, the numbers seem about right."

No

  • DURKAN

Here’s a recent question submitted to Savage Love.
Please offer your best advice:

"I'm a 32-year-old guy, my gal is 34, and we've been together for two years. Every time we get it on or she goes down on me (though not when I eat her out), my mind wanders to fantasies involving porno chicks, exes, or local baristas. A certain amount of this is normal, but I'm concerned that this now happens every time. When I'm about to come, I shift my mind back to my partner and we have a hot climax, but I feel guilty. Advice?"

"Dear TOG, Don’t worry. The baristas she is thinking about are even cuter." - DURKAN

"Well, Mr. Kushner—can I call you Jared?—firstly, kudos to you for opening up like this. I know that you and your extended family value your secrecy, to a fault some would say, and you prefer communicating through back channels. To your dilemma, I understand your relationship may have begun as a loveless marriage between two beautiful blue blooded families. That said, by simply not thinking selfishly about yourself every.damn.minute and focusing instead on pleasuring her, I believe you can ultimately achieve a lifetime of happiness together. That is, if you’re not found guilty of high treason and end up in federal prison. Then I’d advise you to go to your happy place and fantasize all you want." - FARRELL

"I would highly recommend you ask Dan Savage for advice about this, as he is far more qualified to answer than am I. In the meantime, I would encourage you to register to vote so that you are able to make other fantasies come true." - HASEGAWA

"Unlike Dan Savage, my Irish-Catholic upbringing prevents me from really being able to offer any helpful advice, indeed even talk about such things. Please accept my apology. You sound like you have a good partner. Please be very nice to her, not everybody is so fortunate. That includes not sharing your guilt with her. There’s plenty of that to go around. It is your job to carry your guilt gracefully, at least that is what I was taught by the nuns (I think). Awkwardly, Michael Patrick McGinn." - MCGINN

"Did she climax too? Are you sure? If so, you’re good. Share your happiness with some kisses, smiles, a few kindnesses, and appreciate your good fortune. If not... well you better look in your heart, 32-year old guy, and ask yourself what it is you’re searching for. If you’re not that into her, and she’s not that into you, buck up and have the conversation you need to have." - MOON

"Really? I’m busy working full-time, surviving 45, avoiding push-out, and running for mayor of Seattle. I think Dan will be more help than I. Hopefully." - OLIVER

And everyone else: