Candidates & Campaigns

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

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DSA Board Endorses 2018 FEPP Levy

The Downtown Seattle Association is proud to endorse the City’s Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy on the November 2018 ballot.

This levy aims to ensure that kids enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, achieve academically (thereby reducing Seattle’s achievement gap), and go on to graduate from high school prepared for college or a career.

With more than 4,400 children now living in downtown Seattle, an investment in the future of our kids is an investment in our center city. Kids are one of downtown’s fastest-growing demographics. Downtown is also home to many of the poorest school-age children in the city—children who will benefit the most from the levy. Moreover, with the growth of employment in downtown—particularly in the technology sector—we need to ensure that we have a pipeline of well-educated future employees emerging from our high schools and universities. Currently, just 79 percent of Seattle public school students graduate from high school, only 68 percent of low-income students and even fewer students of color.

For more information on how DSA supports a downtown for kids, contact DSA’s Vice President of Advocacy & Economic Development, Don Blakeney, at More information on the levy is available at

Recent Campaign Successes

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

No on Jobs Tax

In response to a damaging tax on jobs passed by the Seattle City Council in 2018, DSA launched the No Tax on Jobs campaign to repeal the tax on the November ballot. In just a few weeks, over 40,000 signatures were gathered (more than double what was required) causing the Council to ultimately repeal the tax and avoid a drawn-out public battle.

Yes on Prop 1

The King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy is crucial to protecting veterans, helping the most vulnerable and lifting many in our community out of homelessness.

Sound Transit 3

Sound Transit 3 is a comprehensive regional investment in our future transportation network. This package includes major new light rail construction and Sounder train service as well as bus rapid transit and ST bus expansions.

Yes for Homes: Support the Seattle Housing Levy

The Yes! For Homes levy produces and preserves thousands of affordable apartments, assists low-income homeowners and provides funding for homelessness prevention.


Schools First

The Schools First levy raises hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the day-to-day educational operations critical to our public school system.

Let's Move Seattle

Let’s Move Seattle funded an integrated transportation plan to address safety issues, street repairs and improved mobility for residents without vehicles.

Yes for Buses! Approve Transportation Prop. 1

Yes for Transit increased the reliability and frequency of critical bus routes across Seattle.

Yes for Parks: Yes on Prop. 1

The Metropolitan Parks District created a new, sustainable funding source to repair, maintain and restore basic services at city parks, community centers and regional attractions throughout Seattle.