Seattle Candidate Forums, Fall 2017



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Seattle voters: Learn more about our next Mayor and City Council members at candidate forums this fall. Be sure to ask the candidates about their housing and homelessness platforms!


Candidate Forums (Check back for updates)


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Aug. 17 (Thursday)Tourism Industry Candidate Forum, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Hosted by Visit Seattle. Dave Ross of KIRO Radio moderates discussions with Mayoral and at-large City Council candidates. $10. Register here.

Sept. 12 (Tuesday) — Changing Seattle:  Mayoral Candidates Debate Growth, Affordable Housing and Homelessness,  at Seattle University. Free. Enrique Cerna of KCTS-TV moderated, with Vernal Coleman of The Seattle Times, Heidi Groover of The Stranger and David Kroman of Crosscut posing questions. Note: This event sold out and was livestreamed as a joint broadcast on Crosscut’s Facebook page and on  The Seattle Times’ Facebook page. Watch it hereYou can also watch the video of the live pre-debate show on Firesteel’s Facebook page; see recaps of media coverage of the debate, community questions and more at Solid Ground’s recap; and visit our Voters’ Guide on Housing and Homelessness, which we’ve updated for the general election.

Sept. 19 (Tuesday) — Seattle Candidate Forum on Education, 5:15-7:30 p.m. at Asian Counseling and Referral Services, 3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle. Hosted by School’s Out Washington. Seattle Mayoral, City Council and School Board candidates. Free; register here.

Sept. 20 (Wednesday) — Seattle Human Services Coalition candidates forum, 5-7:30 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Seattle Mayoral, City Council, City Attorney candidates will talk about the role of human services in building a just and thriving community in Seattle and King County. RSVPs requested by Sept. 18.

Sept. 28 (Thursday) — Mayoral Candidate Forum on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, 6:30-8 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 803 Terry Ave. Hosted by St. James Housing Advocacy Committee. Free and open to the public. More information: Patrick Barredo,, 206/382-4515.

Oct. 2 (Monday)Seattle Mayoral Forum on Arts and the Environment, noon-1:30 p.m. at KEXP (Seattle Center). Florangela Davila of Crosscut and Brady Piñero Walkinshaw of Grist will moderate. Hosted by ArtsFund, Crosscut,, KING 5, KEXP, Seattle City of Music and Seattle Parks Foundation, along with numerous community partners. Free; also to be livestreamed on KING5’s Facebook page and those of the partners. More information on the event page. 

Oct. 7 (Saturday) Seattle East African Mayoral Candidates Forum, noon-3 p.m., Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Hosted by numerous East African community organizations. More information on the event page.

Oct. 10 (Tuesday)Seattle for All Ages Mayoral Debate, 7 p.m. on KOMO (Channel 4/ABC). Hosted by KOMO and AARP, moderated by KOMO’s Mary Nam. Livestream on and on KOMO Newsradio 1000AM / 97.7FM. Debate watch parties at Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle 98118, and Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. S., Seattle 98144;  doors open at 6:30 p.m, no RSVP required. Submit questions by email to  or on Facebook at  and  The debate will also be televised on KOMO 4 TV Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. UPDATE: Video from the debate is posted here.

Oct. 12 (Thursday)API Candidates Forum, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Nagomi Tea House, 519 6th Ave S., Seattle. Hosted by API. Seattle Mayoral, City Council, and Port Commissioner candidates.

Oct. 15 (Sunday)Our Seattle: Meet the Candidates, 4-6 p.m., Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Hosted by Democracy Voucher Program in partnership with Town Hall and others. Enrique Cerna of KCTS 9 will moderate discussion with candidates for mayor, City Council and City Attorney. Registration required; information here.

Oct. 16 (Monday)Conversation with Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates,   6:30-7:50 p.m., Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium. Hosted by Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service. Seattle Mayoral candidates in conversation moderated by SU’s Joni Balter and Prof. Larry Hubbell, with David Kroman of Crosscut. Preceded by reception 6-6:30 p.m. Free; Register here. UPDATE: Video from the event is on KIRO7’s Facebook page.

Oct. 17 (Tuesday)Africatown Voter Education Candidate Forum, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Washington Hall. Hosted by Black Dot and Africatown-Central District with numerous partners. Candidates for Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, Port of Seattle and Seattle School Board will participate. Registration and more information on the event page.

Oct. 18 (Wednesday)Seattle City Council Debate, 6-7:30 p.m. at The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, 1000 4th Ave. Hosted by Seattle City Club and The Seattle Public Library. Candidates for at-large City Council positions 8 and 9. Free; register here.

Oct. 19 (Thursday)Public Health & Safety Candidate Forum, 6-8 p.m. at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Avenue S. Hosted by Public Defender Association. Seattle mayor and City Council candidates. Free; register here.

Oct. 22 (Sunday)Mayoral Candidate Forum, 5-6 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Association (host), 6523 Phinney Ave N. David Hyde of KUOW will moderate. More information on the event page.

Oct. 24 (Tuesday)Seattle Mayoral Debate, 6-8 p.m. at Starbucks Support Center, 401 Utah Ave. S. Hosted by Seattle CityClub, KING5, KUOW and GeekWire. To be broadcast and livestreamed. UPDATE: Full audio is available here.

Oct. 26 (Thursday)Northeast Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum, 7-9 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom (6800 35th Avenue NE). Co-hosted by the Northeast Seattle Communities of Hawthorne Hills, Laurelhurst, Windermere, Windermere North, Wedgwood, Ravenna-Bryant and View Ridge. Submit questions or get more information from

Oct. 29 (Sunday)Seattle Peoples Party Mayoral and City Council Position 8 Debate, 5-7 p.m., Blaine Memorial UMC, 3001 24th Ave S., Seattle (NEW LOCATION). Moderated by Nikkita Oliver.  City Council Position 8 debate at 5 p.m., followed by mayoral debate at 6 p.m. Will be streamed live via Facebook Live on the Peoples Party Facebook and the event page. Free and open to the public. More information: Daeshik Kim, 808/222-1453, UPDATE: Watch the archived video here.

Oct. 31 (Tuesday)2017 Mayoral Forum, noon-1 p.m., The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, downtown Seattle. Hosted by Friends of The Seattle Public Library and The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Free and open to the public; no registration needed. Moderated by Q13 FOX News’ C. R. Douglas. Bring your questions to submit in writing. This event may be televised; see the event page for more information.



You can also see what the candidates said about housing and homelessness in this two-page guide created by Housing Development Consortium, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund and Campion Advocacy Fund.


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