Watch: Seattle City Council District 5 debate

Former judge Cathy Moore and social equity consultant ChrisTiana ObeySumner faced off on Oct. 17 at North Seattle College.

Cathy Moore and ChrisTiana ObeySumner

Cathy Moore and ChrisTiana ObeySumner

The Washington State Debate Coalition livestreamed a Seattle City Council District 5 debate between Cathy Moore and ChrisTiana ObeySumner on Oct. 17 at North Seattle College in the Roy Flores Wellness Center. 

Moore is a retired King County Superior Court judge and former chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission. ObeySumner is the CEO of a social equity consultancy company and former co-chair of the Seattle Disability Rights Commission and the Seattle Renters Commission. 

District 5 covers north Seattle, including Broadview, Northgate and Greenwood. The district has been represented by Council President Debora Juarez, who was elected in 2016. Juarez has decided not to seek reelection. 

Crosscut is one of a large group of media partners presenting this program. The debate will be moderated by journalists Jake Whittenberg of KING 5, John Hopperstad of FOX 13 and Angela King of KUOW. 

Find more coverage on candidates, races and ballot issues in our 2023 general election voter guide. 

The Washington State Debate Coalition, founded by the Seattle CityClub in 2016, has produced public election debates all over the state, for both local and statewide races. The coalition is supported by media, educational and civic organizations.

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Premier media partners for this year’s Seattle City Council District 5 debate series include Converge Media, Cascade Public Media (KCTS 9 and Crosscut), FOX 13, KING 5, KIRO Radio, KIRO 7, KUOW Public Radio and Rainier Avenue Radio. More than 50 organizers are supporters of this project.

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