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October Meeting: Candidate Forum

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

The Leschi Community Council will be holding its annual Candidate Forum on October 5, 2022, at 6:30pm, in person at the Douglass-Truth Branch of the Seattle Public Library at 2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122.

We have two exciting debates planned for you. The first will be for the State Representative for our own Legislative District 37, Position 2. Kirsten Harris-Talley has decided not to run for re-election to the Washington State House of Representatives, leaving the position wide open. We had a crowded field for the primary, and two democrats came out on top of the pack: Chipalo Street and Emijah Smith. The 37th's Position 2 race is the most exciting race of the season, with two quality candidates competing against each other. We have invited them to the candidate forum to ask questions you care about for the 37th District.

In addition to Chipalo Street and Emijah Smith, we have another exciting yet complicated topic of debate for your consideration this November. Initiative 134 is about changing the way we vote in Seattle. Changing how we vote is a complex topic, and there are two camps, making it all the more confusing. First, there is the yes/no vote asking if you want to change how we vote in Seattle; that is Initiative 134. You will also have to choose how we change the way we will vote (regardless if you voted yes or no on Initiative 134). There are two proposals on the ballot: Proposition 1A: Approval Voting and Proposition 1B: Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Logan Bowers from Seattle Approves and Kody Zalewski from Fair Vote Washington will give presentations on approval and ranked-choice voting, respectively. Then we will hold a debate between the two sides. We will all leave the night better-informed voters, just in time to cast our votes in November.


6:30–7pm: Debate between Chipalo Street and Emijah Smith

7–7:15pm: Approval Voting Presentation

7:15–7:30pm: Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Presentation

7:30–8pm: Debate between Approval Voting and RCV

For more information on Chipalo Street, Emijah Smith, Approval and Ranked-choice Voting, check out the below websites:

Please submit questions you want us to ask the candidates and campaigns by sending them to!


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