A for alignment: Downtown Seattle Association notes the candidates | Washington

(The Center Square) – The Downtown Seattle Association released its “Candidate score card” for city office candidates, who will face voters in less than a week.

The nonprofit asked candidates about the downtown economic recovery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, then assessed them on the degree of alignment of their written responses – exceptional alignment, certain alignment or not aligned – with DSA’s goal of building a thriving core business. Seattle neighborhood.

The performance of candidates at recent DSA mayors and city council forums was also taken into account.

Candidates were asked, “Now, with the general population immunized and a gradual return of workers and visitors, how will the city of Seattle support the downtown economic recovery?” As someone seeking public office in the city of Seattle, please briefly describe your experience in business or business related issues. Then, in detail, please describe the role of the city in the recovery of the city center. What is your downtown recovery plan and how would you propose to implement it?

Lawyer and mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell, former chairman of the city council, received an exceptional roster from the DSA.

Harrell, vowed to use his experience to aggressively tackle the issues of small business takeovers, pervasive homelessness and public safety in a city already struggling with these challenges ahead of pandemic and vaccine-related mandates. the pandemic.

“I understand the issues facing downtown employers and workers, having served as legal counsel for UW WEST and managing partner of a downtown law firm on 4th and Union representing businesses, workers and non-profit organizations, ”he wrote. “The skills I have learned in these roles and on Council – strategic thinking, collaboration and intentional listening – I will put to use as mayor. My leadership will change the narrative about downtown – and our city – with positivity, direct action and measurable results.

“A thriving, welcoming and safe downtown Seattle is a downtown that, once again, will serve as a focal point for the prosperity and growth of our region. My administration will not lose sight of these priorities. Let’s work together to make it happen.

Current District 9 council member Lorena González, also a lawyer running for mayor, was dismissed as non-aligned by the DSA for asking its campaign manager, Alex Koren, to provide essentially an unanswered response in the form of refusal to participate.

“Such a narrow geographic focus misses the greater challenges of addressing systemic inequalities across the city and helping small businesses recover from the pandemic and thrive in every neighborhood, not just one,” wrote Koren. “As mayor, Lorena will bring people together to help all parts of our city succeed and continue her work towards this common and important goal. We look forward to continuing to engage with you and your members on these city-wide issues and to develop solutions that will promote a fair and equitable recovery. “

In the race for the city attorney, Ann Davison was placed in the Outstanding Alignment with the DSA category, while Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, who ran on a platform emphasizing restorative justice and alternatives to prison, did not provide a response, receiving a Not Aligned rating.

Davison, a former city council candidate who declared herself a Republican even though she claims to have voted for President Joe Biden in 2020, has vowed to make Seattle a more prosperous and safer place.

“Seattle needs downtown businesses that create jobs and generate tax revenue, but downtown businesses need safe Seattle to thrive,” Davison wrote. “It is a fundamental duty of any city to protect its inhabitants and its businesses. In helping downtown Seattle recover, the city has played many roles. It must partner with businesses and chambers to create a favorable tax and regulatory structure that meets the needs of the city while allowing struggling businesses to rebuild. The city needs to make sure that people feel safe in their lives, work and travel in the city center. It should be a combined effort of all the agencies involved. In addition, the city is also one of the main employers in the downtown area and has as much interest in the health of the downtown area as any employer.

On the front of the city council, Teresa Mosqueda, candidate for position 8, was classified in the category Some alignment with the DSA.

“There is common ground,” the incumbent wrote. “When we work together, we have a stronger Seattle. We need to redouble our efforts to house the homeless, get people back to work by providing the support and training they need, and provide flexible funding that trusts small business owners as best equipped to determine how those dollars must be deployed. I look forward to another four years of healthy debate, collaboration and rebuilding. “

In the City Council Position 9 competition, candidates Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver were ranked Outstanding Alignment and Non-Aligned Alignment, respectively.

“These are tough times, but with the crisis comes the opportunity,” Nelson noted. “We have the potential for a major reset in this city and it starts with electing city council candidates who can be held accountable for delivering measurable results instead of ideological rhetoric.”

“When reopening, we must: prioritize workers; dealing with the housing crisis; make the city center an artistic and cultural destination; & establish a safety net for workers that includes prevailing wages, health care, risk premium and decent working conditions, ”Oliver wrote. “The health of our most vulnerable workers and residents dictates how we recover. “

She then pleaded for more progressive taxation, control of commercial rents and free public transport.