Each campaign cycle, DSA examines local ballot initiatives and candidates to better understand how they will impact member priorities in the center city. We encourage you to visit this page for information and insights during elections.

Recent Campaign Successes

Below are a few of the initiatives DSA has directly endorsed and supported in recent years.

King County Crisis Care Centers Lev


The $1.25 billion Proposition 1 levy funds five new behavioral health crisis care centers and support recruitment and retention of community behavioral health workers while preserving and restoring the loss of residential treatment beds in King County.

Seattle Housing Levy2023

The 2023 Seattle Housing Levy raises $970 million over seven years to produce and preserve thousands of homes for low-income households, create supportive housing for formerly homeless residents and reinvest in affordable housing.

Building for Learning: Education Levies 2022


The Building for Learning levies, endorsed by DSA and approved by voters in February 2022, renewed funding for day-to-day operations, staff, programs and student opportunities as well as critical technology, health and safety improvements to school buildings.

Harborview Health for All


Harborview Medical Center serves as the primary Level 1 Trauma Care Center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The Harborview Health for All proposition raised $1.7B to add patient rooms, expand the emergency services department, update infection control capacity, complete seismic upgrades and make other improvements.

Yes for Transit


The 2021 Seattle Transportation Benefits District raises $30-45M annually for six years through a 0.15% sales tax. Revenue will generate more than 150,000 bus service hours and provide transit relief for West Seattle commuters. The measure also funds essential capital projects, maintenance, and transit access programs for youth, seniors, people with disabilities and low income communities.

Schools First

Schools First, endorsed by DSA and approved by Seattle voters in 2019, included two levy renewals that will raise nearly $2 billion for Seattle Public Schools. The capital levy will fund school remodels, repairs and maintenance; the operations levy funds day-to-day operations, including staffing. Support for future planning for a downtown school is included in the levy.