Seattle’s crowded race for city council, mapped
All City Council Candidates
Pedersen was a legislative aide to former Councilmember-turned-Mayor Tim Burgess, where he worked on the city’s pre-school program, budget issues and gun safety legislation. Pedersen also worked for the Secretary of HUD in Washington D.C. during the Clinton administration. Outside of the public sector, Pedersen worked as a senior analyst and manager for financial institutions that fund affordable housing. Pedersen has his Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tsimerman is a serial public commenter and well-known City Hall antagonist who’s often asked to leave public forums for his inappropriate language.
Nguyen is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees. She graduated from Stanford University and UCLA law school and works in the Seattle public defender’s office representing clients dealing with mental health issues.
A fifth generation Washingtonian, born and raised in Seattle, Lewis studied Economics in London and graduated from the University of California, Berkley School of Law. During school he worked as an assistant to Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor from 1993-1997. Lewis currently works in the Seattle City Attorney's Office with a practice focused on diverting low-level offenders under 25 years old into diversion programs as an alternative to incarceration.
According to MyNorthwest.com, Sattler "previously worked as a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., providing aid to constituents regarding military service, medicare, and social security."
From Hoffman: “Ari Hoffman is a business owner and entrepreneur who volunteers with local nonprofits. Ari worked with city-wide citizen groups to stop city plans to allow camping in green spaces as well as to repeal the Head Tax. Ari is running because as a dad and a business owner, he is motivated to work for the safety of citizens who are raising their families here and are concerned about the future of the city of Seattle.”
Beth Mountsier worked as a policy analyst and program manager for King County Executive and Council focused primarily on affordable housing, human services and utilities for 26 years. Current she is a transportation project manager for City of Redmond. She has a M.Arch from UW and for a decade worked on urban design and multi-family housing projects.
Originally from Louisville, KY, Miller is an only child raised by a single mother. He says he's "experienced many struggles and setbacks throughout my life: an abusive father, in high school I was kicked out of my house for being gay, and even battled an opioid addiction from 2008 to 2012."
Brendan Kolding is a longtime Seattle police officer who's running on a campaign that's supportive of law enforcement and in favor what he calls the city's "FEMA-style" approach to homelessness.
Cathy Tuttle is a project manager and community organizer running for Seattle City Council. She has been a member of the IATSE and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. After completing her PhD in Urban Design & Planning at UW, Cathy worked for Seattle Parks leading the development of 40 parks and community centers and for the Seattle Planning Commission on community planning. Cathy started and led several environmental nonprofits including Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Sustainable Wallingford.
Christopher Peguero has worked at Seattle City Light for over a decade. A member of the Seattle Silence Breakers, he has advocated for more equity within the city. According to his campaign page, he is the founder of Seattle’s SEqual affinity group and advocates for workplace equity regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Strauss has been a legislative aide to state Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, where he's worked on housing and transportation. He also worked as legislative manager to the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. He grew up in Ballard.
Fathi is a trained family physician. After working for more than a decade for Neighborcare Health, he became the senior medical director of primary care and community health with Swedish hospitals. He then became the CEO of Coordinated Care in Washington expanding access to health care to 250,000 Washingtonians, with a complicated departure. He lives in Fremont with his wife and two sons, who attend Seattle Public Schools.
Daniela Eng is a resident of Magnolia and graduate of the University of Washington. She's the account executive with WBL Services, which provides communications equipment to support major events, including NFL games.
As a council member, Debora Juarez has earned herself the reputation of being fiercely loyal to District 5 in north Seattle. Before being elected to council in 2015, she was a private sector attorney with a focus on tribal affairs. She was also briefly a pro-tem King County Superior Court judge.
Don Harper grew up in Shoreline and has lived in Seattle for 49 years. He worked as a stage manager and road manager is a Master Electrician who owned his own company for 30 years. He has served on the Queen Anne Community Council for 21 years and is the Chair of the Parks Committee.
Pottharst is a planner for Seattle Parks and Recreation. He has worked for the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods as a neighborhood liaison and a grant funder for community groups, and for Seattle City Light as an environmental and natural resources specialist. He has had a hearing loss since birth, and wears cochlear implants and reads lips to best understand people.
Emily Myers is a scientist and labor organizer running for Seattle City Council. In addition to her work at UW developing tools to study Parkinson's Disease, she is on the executive board of UAW4121, a delegate to the MLK Labor Council, a leader in 500 Women Scientists, and a co-founder of the Washington Science Policy Network.
At just 19, Hunter is the youngest candidate, by a long shot. He’s currently a student at Seattle Central Community College. According to his website, he lives in the University District and has two dogs, Castro and Jose.
Frank Krueger has been a small business owner in District 4 for over a decade. While building his mobile app business, he led professional continuing education efforts for adults, volunteered in after-school STEM education programs for kids, and helped immigrants navigate the US immigration system to legally enter the United States.
Gene Burrus is an attorney and consultant, including 15 years at Microsoft. Burrus was involved in challenging Seattle's proposed income tax and its new Downtown Local Improvement District. Gene and his wife, Leah, have lived in Downtown for over a decade.
Stuber is the strategic director for Sea to Sky Rentals, a vacation rental company in Seattle. Her background is in legislative advocacy, education, and business leadership. Heidi speaks regularly at VRMA and NWVRP conferences and for Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy.
Wills served on the Seattle City Council from 2000-2003, before she was ousted with two other incumbents following the "strippergate" scandal — described by the Seattle P.I. at the time as "small-scale" but "sexy." Most recently, Wills was the Executive Director of First Tee of Greater Seattle, an organization to help young people through golf. She owns a business with her husband that creates small gifts.
Dennison is a member of the Socialist Workers Party (different from Socialist Alternative and the Democratic Socialists of America).
Kerner graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Studio Art. While in D.C., Kerner spent time interning for Washington state Senator Maria Cantwell and then went on to work at a patent law firm before moving back to Seattle in 2016. She now works at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Donaldson played for the Seattle Supersonics in the 1980s. He then started a physical therapy and fitness business in 1989 and ran three clinics for 20 years. Now, he's a business consultant and CEO of a mentorship startup. He's a board member of the Greater Seattle, South Snohomish and the Tacoma Chambers of Commerce and an executive member of the Washington State Mentors.
Jason began his career in management consulting at Accenture and, later, Monitor Group, advising organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and College Board, on strategy and impact measurement. He currently works at Microsoft. Jason, his wife Laura, and their young daughter rent a home in Magnolia.
Cook has lived in North Ballard and worked as a Graphic Designer in Seattle for more than a decade. He enjoys camping, fishing, hiking and many other outdoor recreational activities. He is an Eagle Scout and has a degree in communication from Northwest College.
Pugel is a former acting chief of the Seattle Police Department, installed by former Mayor Mike McGinn. He was pushed out when Ed Murray was elected and he went to work for the King County Sheriff's Office. In recent years, he's battled cancer. Pugel recently appeared in an advertisement in support of I-940, the so-called police accountability initiative, alongside a family member of Charleena Lyles who was killed by Seattle police officers.
Joey Massa is a Washington Army National Guard veteran and cancer survivor. He's the son of Warden, Washington Mayor Tony Massa, formerly president of the Public School Employees Union.
Consultant John Lombard has spent most of his career working on environmental issues, including with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks and as a lecturer at the University of Washington. As a private consultant, he focuses on land-use planning and regulation.
Peeples is an engineer in Seattle. He volunteers with the Homework Helper program and recently completed the Department of Neighborhoods Peoples Academy of Community Engagement.
Business owner Jon Lisbin is a member of Seattle Fair Growth, which advocates for careful management of growth in the city. The organization helped launch a challenge to the city's assessment of the impacts of adding density in exchange for affordable housing. He ran for council in 2015, but failed to make it through the primary.
Joshua Newman has lived in Seattle for two decades and is now raising his four children in Ravenna with his wife, Emily. A UW alum, Newman is a Boeing engineer, longtime transit advocate, and volunteer at his kids’ public school. He is a former president of his neighborhood community council, baseball coach, and synagogue board member.
From Martin: “A 32-year resident of District 6, Kate Martin is a professional planner and designer and mother of two adult sons who both live here in Seattle. She first got involved in school, neighborhood and citywide issues in 1998.”
Sawant is running for her third term as Seattle's most controversial member of the City Council. She's an avowed socialist and is unafraid of challenging her colleagues in public — a trait that endears her to her allies and angers her opponents.
Herbold won her 2015 election by just 39 votes. A longtime aide to former Councilmember Nick Licata, Herbold has more city hall experience than anyone. She's fought for more housing and tenant protection in her time on council, winning $29 million in bonding for new affordable housing. Herbold is also a well-known skeptic of the streetcar.
Bowers was born and raised in District 3, where he’s running. He’s a onetime software engineer with Microsoft, Zillow and Amazon. Now, he owns and runs Hashtag Cannabis in Fremont with his wife.
Community organizer Mark Mendez was born and raised in Seattle and has lived in the District 5 neighborhood of Lake City for 41 years. Mendez graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in political science and from Seattle University with a master's of public administration. Mendez has worked for several nonprofit, education, and public organizations. Mendez was Co-Chair of the North District Council, on the board of Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, and on the board of Meadowbrook Community Care.
Solomon completed seven years of active duty service, including stints at a NATO Command and Control site in Western Germany and at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC, before leaving active duty and returning to Seattle in 1990. Mark has served as an intelligence analyst at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and is currently a Crime Prevention Coordinator with the Seattle Police Department.
Melissa Hall has spent most of her career as a lawyer and geographer dealing with land use and related issues. She currently owns a solo primary care law practice that focuses on supporting people who have unusual lives. She lives in lower Fremont with her wife and child.
Michael George is a senior development consultant at Kidder Matthews, where he works extensively on transportation-related projects. He also co-founded Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle, a non-profit dedicated to making downtown a better neighborhood for children. He has also served on the Seattle Public Schools Capacity Task Force.
Jamali is an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy. He was also a civilian intelligence asset for the FBI. He went on to write a bestselling book, How to Catch a Russian Spy and became an intelligence analyst on MSNBC. He lives in Queen Anne.
Murakami is often referred to as a “neighborhood activist.” This comes from her time spent as head of the Mount Baker Community Club and president of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council. She has an IT and computer repair business. Murakami ran against Councilmember Lorena González in 2017. She made it past the primaries, thanks in large part to a Seattle Times endorsement, but lost in the general election by a wide margin.
Tavel is a former physicist, video-game developer, teacher and Pro Tem judge who’s now working as an attorney. He’s been a candidate for office a number of times: In 2014, to be a judge in King County District Court; in 2015, for City Council. He lost both times.
Phyllis Porter is an educator, community activist, organizer, leader and "energetic individual passionate about building community relationships with city government." She's an avid bike and transportation advocate. She is involved with Neighborhood Greenways and Rainier Bicycle Club and started a local branch of Black Girls Do Bike.
Sasha Anderson is a 12-year resident of District 4. She currently works with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she runs a high school mentoring program. Anderson is a former Peace Corps volunteer and has earned two Master's degrees in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence & Conflict from Brandeis University.
Garcia is a member of the Seattle Police Department. He was an outspoken advocate for the Seattle City Council to approve a controversial new contract with the Seattle Police Officers Guild.
Shaun Scott is a local writer and activist. He currently freelances for the Guardian and works as a caretaker. Scott is heavily involved in the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. He’s a supporter of the repealed employee tax on big businesses and opposed the council’s approving of the new contract for the Seattle Police Officers Guild. He worked for Congressperson Pramila Jayapal's re-election campaign and was behind efforts to unionize campaign staff and secure pay for interns.
Tammy Morales ran for this seat in 2015, losing to Bruce Harrell by just 344 votes. Now the former staffer in the Texas legislature, community organizer, and member of the Seattle's Human Rights Commission is hoping for better luck. With Harrell on the way out, she's hoping to pull representation of south Seattle to the left.
Rice is the managing director of Savor Seattle, which provides food-based tours of Seattle. He has a long history in the business and hospitality world, including with home design company Porch and as manager of hotel operations with a small-ship cruise company.
DeWolf is currently a member of the Seattle School Board. He's also a program manager with King County's homelessness prevention organization All Home and president of the Capitol Hill Community Council. He's a member of the Chippewa Cree.
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