We asked XX people at the Rainier Community Center drop box to tell us who they picked for mayor. Aisha Pope was there watching a football practice with her son.
We asked 13 people at the Rainier Community Center drop box to tell us who they picked for mayor. Aisha Pope was there watching a football practice with her daughter. (We've asked the same questions of voters on Capitol Hill and in the University District.) ES


Aisha Pope, 23
Employee at WiggleWorks
Received a Seattle ballot, but recently moved to Kent because of Seattle's "skyrocket high" housing prices


Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? I voted for her because I believe in what she stands for. I believe in what she stands for for the people. I hope she wins. I respect her cause, I respect her purpose, and I hope everything she promises comes through.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? I think the biggest issue right now is with the police. I want us all to be equal. I want us to be equal as a people. And I feel that with her becoming mayor, I feel that when it comes to the people with low income, or the people who don't have advantage or live in low-income neighborhoods, I feel that our voice is finally being heard.

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Frank Denman, 73
Retired ("I don't have to do no fucking thing I don't want")
Seward Park


Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Damned if I can remember. Whatever The Stranger said.

Cary Moon? Does that sound like who you voted for? That sounds very familiar. It seems to me that there was a split on the Stranger Election Control Board and, you know, I debated the merits of these things for about six seconds and I went for Cary Moon. It could have been because he was up at the top of the list, but that would seem sort of a bad reason. I think it was Moon having a little more administrative experience as compared to the other more purely leftist candidate, whom I might support at a more later date.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Affordable housing and homelessness. It pisses me off no end to see tent cities being torn down.


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Pat Cleary, 71
Retired
Columbia City

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Jenny Durkan

Why? I like her record on civil rights. She stepped up on the police accountability and kept that going. And you can't beat Obama appointing her as US Attorney. And also, she's been in the community. I know her name from 40 years ago, 30 years ago. I mean, it's not a new person.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? I think caring for the least among us, to misquote Hubert Humphrey.


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Michelle Perry (Age: "I'm an elder.")
Administrative assistant
Columbia City

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? Nikkita's been in the community for years. She's always at every march I'm at, she's in every meeting I'm at, she's bright, she's for the people, and I like all her ideas—and her answers were on on the debate.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? We have a lot. For me: overcrowding, gentrification, displacement, issues of homelessness.


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Pete Lombardo, 33
Delivery driver
Columbia City

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Jenny Durkan

Why? It seemed like a responsible progressive choice, rather than an activist progressive choice. Seattle—by and large, the population's highly progressive. I think of myself as one of those people, too, but I don't see myself as an activist. I see myself as someone who would like to see things get done in the community and, uh, not brow-beat conservatives or centrists in the way I saw some of the other candidates in the race do.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Without a doubt, housings costs. My wife and I are trying to buy in the area and it's a joke. We look at other cities and with a 20-percent down payment, what we could get somewhere else—it's astounding.


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Bookda Cheisar, 55
King County Office of Equity and Social Justice
Mt. Baker

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? Because I believe our city is needing an equity and social justice lens in looking at the growing number of people who are homeless, and living in poverty, and people of color and immigrant and refugee populations that are being forced outside of the city. As well as a number of other issues that I think she would be a great advocate for. I'm excited by how many young people are really rallying around Nikkita. I love that the new generation is excited about her and are organizing, so that's an additional element for me.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? I think that the marginalization of people who are low income, for me is the biggest issue. Now, when that is compounded by being low-income and being immigrant or refugee, or being low-income and a person of color, or, you know, other additional barriers to access for services, I think it becomes even more complex. But to me, that's a top priority.


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James Patterson, 71
General Contractor
Seward Park
(Did not want to be pictured)

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? I didn't see a single soul on there that I would respect as a mayor, so I chose to just close my eyes and put a mark. I don't even know who it fell on. I didn't even care.

Why? I'm tired of people getting in there and closing the whole city down for bicycle guys. They don't even buy tabs! They're the only group in the whole of Seattle that don't buy tabs. I mean, if you got a cat, you gotta buy a thing, right? Everybody! So I'm just tired of the mayor, period.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Overcrowding. Seattle is in a sad state, and I don't see nobody on there that's going to improve it at all.

But you voted anyway. Because it's my right. But I don't care who—it's gonna be the same. If you go in today—and when I say "you," I mean anybody—if you go in today, six months you're corrupted.


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Bill Droege
City of Seattle employee
Mt. Baker

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Jenny Durkan

Why? Because I think she's effective.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? There's a lot more than just one issue that's important. Homelessness, transit, housing, taxes. They all add up. You can't look at just one, you gotta look at the aggregate.


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Olivia Erickson, 37
Grant writer
Columbia City

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? I met her several years ago, and I've always been impressed by her passion and her true concern for the city and her activism.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Housing prices and the cost of living.


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Shannon Solie, 34
Mental Health Counselor
Mt. Baker

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? Because she most closely aligns with my belief systems on most things, and I think that the areas that she has room to grow on—like bike safety and transportation—she is going to grow on. And I think we need to radicalize politics a little bit more, so I think that having a queer woman of color in politics is where I want to go.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Rental costs and housing, because I can't stay here if we don't do something about it. And I know a lot of people are in the same boat.


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Eli Weiss, 39
Educational program manager
Columbia City

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? I believe the city needs someone really bold and grounded in the issues that are facing low-income communities, communities of color. I feel like it's a rough time for many Seattleites. The face of the city's changing so rapidly that we need someone that truly understands those issues.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? I've got a lot. But I think the most important issue is probably the change in demographics of our city, with a lot of new wealth coming in. Gentrification is impacting a lot of communities as well as just affordability—and the ability of working class people, and even middle class people, to survive in this town. And so I think we need a leader who can make changes that are gonna address that in real time.


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Rachel Baran, 24
Social worker
Columbia City

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? She resonates the most out of all the candidates, for me. She's a younger voice. She's really in touch with the marginalized communities of Seattle.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Definitely homelessness, as someone who works in social services. But then it relates to, you know, city planning and where the city's funding goes. But I think that homelessness needs to be addressed and worked into all of that.


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Aisha Hauser, 46
Religious educator, Unitarian Church
Mt. Baker

Who'd you pick for Seattle mayor? Nikkita Oliver

Why? I saw her as a slam poet and I loved her, and then I read more about her. She's an attorney, she's progressive, she's gutsy and smart, and we need a slam poet who's a lawyer and gutsy and smart as mayor.

As you vote for a new mayor, what's the most important issue on your mind? Homelessness, income inequality, and affordable housing. Well—I gave you three.