Caitlin and her dog, Fox.
Caitlin and her dog, Fox, stopped to talk after dropping off her ballot at the ballot box outside of University of Washington's Schmitz Hall on University Way and 40th Street. ASK

Caitlin, 27
Musician, database management
Wedgwood

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor?
Nikkita Oliver.

Why?
I believe that we need somebody to be in the mayor office who has the experience of being part of a minority in a lot of different ways. Somebody who has directly experienced the effects of oppression is probably the only type of person who could understand how to deal with those issues. I love that Nikkita Oliver has talked about putting marginalized voices front and center and I feel that that's really, really important.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind?

I've been thinking about police violence a lot. I live in Wedgwood and just a few blocks away was where Charleena Lyles was killed. It's an absolute tragedy and I don't think the current mayor did a good job addressing that situation. I just hope that the next mayor can take concrete steps to make police violence a thing of the past. I do believe Nikkita Oliver can do that.

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Matt, 30
Freelance transit planner
Wallingford/U-District

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor?
Jessyn Farrell.

Why?
When I vote, I use a pretty simplistic thing. I take a lot of the Seattle Transit Blog endorsements and a lot of The Stranger's endorsements. The Stranger's endorsements are a tad left of where I am and the Seattle Transit Blog ones tend to be a tiny bit too pro-developer for me. [With Jessyn], I was really impressed with some of her transit things—that's a big issue for me... I thought Nikkita Oliver was really compelling, I thought Cary Moon was really compelling, too. To some extent, I'm not super keen always on the idea that everyone in politics should be an outsider. I like the idea of there being some establishment people in there—look at how terrible things are federally. That's what liking an outsider got us, the country at large.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind?
Transit is really big for me. Housing policy is really important to me. I moved here about six years ago. I came here for a software job, so I feel culpable in that sort of space. I think we should really support candidates who support the long term and short term in how to build growth—not just have growth and give things over to developers willy-nilly, but also understand in the short-term that the city needs to have affordability for various types of people. That's super important. Even though in some ways, I'm sort of the face of the problem, I don't want to be contributing to that.

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Paul, 31
Research Scientist at UW
Fremont

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor?
Cary Moon.

Why?
She's for the tax on foreign investors who are buying homes in Seattle. She's also not taking campaign donations from corporations. Those are pretty much my reasons.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind?
It would be the housing market. Of course, it's going up. It's like 10 percent in terms of pricing this year. A lot of this is driven by foreigner investors who are buying these properties mainly to store money versus actually living in them. They're just sitting vacantly. Investment companies are also doing kind of the same thing, using them as investments and them packaging them and allowing others to take on that investment, sort of like the mortgage market during 2008.

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Pat Christopfel Campion, 64

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor?
I voted for Jenny Durkan.

Why?
To me, she seems pretty centrist. She's had a lot of government experience, she's been a U.S. attorney. She knows how government works. She'll be able to bring divisive groups together, which is what we're needing to do because we have that in our city and nationally.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind?
We have a homeless problem, which is just a terrible thing. I think housing is out of control. We have too many regressive taxes and I think everything is going on property owners very discriminately.

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Zaria, 24
U-District

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor?
Nikkita Oliver.

Why?
She focuses best on issues of social equity, police reform, affordability, and transportation. It makes me really passionate.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind?
Housing affordability is really important. [As a renter], I feel I have a pretty good situation right now. I have lower rent than most people I know and it's been that way for a while. I worry because, to me, this is sustainable right now. Whenever I have to move, there's a lot of new development around my neighborhood...I don't even know how to get back into the renting market.