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 Seattle elections.
2019 City Council Candidate Scorecard
This year, we have seven of nine Seattle City Council seats up for election, with a total of 56 candidates running for local office. With the Aug. 6 primary just around the corner, DSA has interviewed a majority* of candidates in each district and developed a scorecard ranking each candidate on how they align with our priorities for downtown. Click here to learn more about the contenders in each of the seven City Council races. *Note: not all candidates responded to the DSA questionnaire.
Below are a few of the initiatives DSA has directly endorsed and supported in recent years.
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.
This levy helps ensure 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.
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.
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 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.
The Yes! For Homes levy produces and preserves thousands of affordable apartments, assists low-income homeowners and provides funding for homelessness prevention.
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 funded an integrated transportation plan to address safety issues, street repairs and improved mobility for residents without vehicles.
Yes for Transit increased the reliability and frequency of critical bus routes across Seattle.
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.