Video: Assessing 9 City Council races

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On November 3rd, Seattle is poised to make history, electing City Council members by district.  In this video, Crosscut contributors examine the dynamics each of these new districts — Ben Anderstone analyzes the demographics; David Kroman reports on the politics; and Drew Atkins digs into the fundraising numbers.

In Seattle, voters are choosing council members by district for the first time in over a hundred years.

It’s the result of a 2013 charter amendment in which voters decided to eliminate the longstanding system of having all members chosen by a citywide vote.

Under the new system, only two members will be chosen to at-large seats representing all city residents.

We look at those citywide races first, then turn to each of the seven district contests.

At-large seats (Positions 8 and 9):

District 1 West Seattle

District 2 South Seattle

District 3 Central Area

District 4 University Area

District 5 North Seattle

District 6 North Ship Canal 

District 7 Downtown 

Join Crosscut at Civic Cocktail on Nov. 4 for a post-election wrap-up with political consultants Chris Sinderman and John Wyble, and former Seattle mayor Charley Royer. Then, Sen. Pramila Jayapal will discuss race, rent control and more.


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About the Authors & Contributors

Robert Mak

Robert Mak

Robert Mak is a principal of and a longtime broadcast reporter in Western Washington.