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Live Coverage of the Seattle Mayoral and City Council Primary Elections

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Tonight the polls close at 8 pm Pacific time for Seattle’s mayoral and city council races.  In this part of the country we mail in or drop off our ballots, thus a large chunk of the results should be available at, or around, 8:30 pm Pacific time, according to King County elections. Andre Roberge, Adair Schmidt, and Aaron Bowersock will be reporting and providing commentary on the elections. We’ll be keeping an eye on the results as they come in and Andre and Aaron are heading to Nikkita Oliver’s watch party at Washington Hall.

Our live coverage will start at 8:30 pm ET/ 5:30 pm PT.

David Grossman David Grossman August 1, 20178:33 pm

For those checking in waiting for reporting to start: On July 22nd Nikkita Oliver joined The Discourse team to discuss the race and a slate of issues
https://soundcloud.com/expandthediscourse/the-peoples-party-ept=0:00

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 20178:46 pm

Good music in the air (just heard Everyday People by Arrested Development) and good people starting to flow in. Kicking off the Nikkita Oliver election night event at Washington Hall.

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 20178:48 pm

I just made it to Washington Hall. It’s hot and still setting up. I’ve got guarded optimism and excited to see what happens tonight. Let’s do this for Nikkita Oliver tonight Seattle.

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 20178:49 pm

Something for folks to check out while waiting for results to come in. Brandon and I interview Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver(Spoiler alert: it’s good)

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 20178:51 pm

I just made it to Washington Hall. It’s hot and still setting up. I’ve got guarded optimism and excited to see what happens tonight. Let’s do this for Nikkita Oliver tonight Seattle.

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 20179:05 pm

While it’s easy to dismiss tonight’s results as “just Seattle”. Let me say this; Seattle has the 15th largest metro area in the nation. It also happens to be the 4th largest metro area in the west. Seattle has the ability to set progressive policies for other areas to follow. Just keep that in mind. (All opinions are my own)

David Grossman David Grossman August 1, 20179:10 pm

On the topic of setting policy for others to follow, Seattle made history in July passing an ordinance for a “Tax the Rich” income tax

Seattle Makes History – Passes ‘Tax the Rich’ Income Tax

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 20179:26 pm

If your curious about turnout, King County updated their data at noon today. As always, it’s never where I’d like it. Especially given that we vote by mail and have 2+ weeks to cast your ballot…

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 20179:28 pm

If you’re curious about turnout, King County updated their data at noon today. As always, it’s never where I’d like it. Especially given that we vote by mail and have 2+ weeks to cast your ballot…

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 20179:42 pm

Rachel Heaton thanks Nikkita Oliver for standing with the people: in the streets, in city hall, and with our movements. Lakota Oyate honors her with a beautiful song.

David Grossman David Grossman August 1, 20179:42 pm

Exit polling done by The Stranger at the links below regarding picks for mayor:

Chinatown
University District
Capital Hill
Columbia City
Downtown

Beacon Hill

David Grossman David Grossman August 1, 20179:55 pm

Earlier in this campaign, Andre covered how Our Revolution was choosing candidates.

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 20179:59 pm

Per The Stranger their piece on Jenny Durkan “She speaks the language of Seattle politics: pragmatism, consensus, incremental progress.” That phrase alone should scare everyone covering this race. Incremental progress has led to continued police brutality in Seattle, skyrocketing rents, lack of achievement in local schools and the continued gentrification of Seattle and the greater metro area. This includes the cities where People of Color live in the greatest numbers. Washington cannot afford incrementalists. (All opinions are my own.)


http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/06/21/25227247/the-prosecutor-jenny-durkan-embraces-her-place-in-the-establishment

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 201710:02 pm

Per The Stranger their piece on Jenny Durkan “She speaks the language of Seattle politics: pragmatism, consensus, incremental progress.” That phrase alone should scare everyone covering this race. Incremental progress has led to continued police brutality in Seattle, skyrocketing rents, lack of achievement in local schools and the continued gentrification of Seattle and the greater metro area. This includes the cities where People of Color live in the greatest numbers. Washington cannot afford incrementalists. (All opinions are my own.)

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/06/21/25227247/the-prosecutor-jenny-durkan-embraces-her-place-in-the-establishment

David Grossman David Grossman August 1, 201710:04 pm

The People’s Party is streaming from the Nikkita Oliver watch party

David Grossman David Grossman August 1, 201710:05 pm

The People’s Party is streaming from the Nikkita Oliver watch party

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 201710:27 pm

Also from The Stranger this time on state senator Bob Hasegawa “As a state senator, Hasegawa pushed for progressive policies, successfully getting fellow legislators onboard to add racial-impact statements to proposed bills and advocating for a capital gains tax while opposing massive tax breaks for Boeing. He also served as a begrudging light rail expansion supporter, earning the ire of some pro-transit wings that criticized him for pushing a false narrative that Sound Transit misrepresented the cost of the project.” In my conversations with Bob his main concern has been that plan did not serve communities of color as well as it could. I still support the Sound Transit bill but agree, communities of color are consistently undeserved in terms of transit.(All opinions are my own)

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/06/21/25227239/the-veteran-state-senator-bob-hasegawa-wants-to-take-years-of-legislative-experience-to-the-bank

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 201710:36 pm

“Why are people across the country talking about the Seattle mayoral race?” asks a speaker. Because it’s about a political awakening, she continues. “She is building a movement.”

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 201710:38 pm

If you’re interested in some lesser known candidates election night watch parties, such as Harley Lever, make sure to follow Brett Hamil on Twitter.

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 201710:42 pm

What the People’s Party is fighting for is a city for everybody, through collective effort that begins to change the system. Change the laws. Change the government. -Jose Bocanegra

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 201710:47 pm

14 min till the polls close! How are you feeling?
View story at Medium.com

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 201711:00 pm

And polls have closed. Has Settle gone with the status quo or will we see real change? I’m waiting for these results at the edge of my seat.

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 201711:17 pm

Seriously the ONLY campaign event I’ve ever seen this energetic was…

Nikkita’s campaign kick off
Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 201711:21 pm

First batch of numbers dropped. Nikkita Oliver is approximately 1,500 votes out of second place.

27,579 Durkan 31.6%
13,583 Moon 15.6%
12,126 Oliver 13.9%

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 1, 201711:23 pm

First batch of numbers dropped. About 20% of the vote has been tallied. Nikkita Oliver is approximately 1,500 votes out of second place.

27,579 Durkan 31.6%
13,583 Moon 15.6%
12,126 Oliver 13.9%
Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 201711:27 pm

Here we go.

Crowd, for the most part, doesn’t know the early results, yet. Second place seems open.
Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 1, 201711:34 pm

With the true establishment candidate Durkan holding a 16 point lead the early look is business as usual for Seattle. Also known as white progressivism. Oliver trails the second place candidate by just 1.4k votes. Keep a close eye on those two as they jockey for position.

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 1, 201711:58 pm

Mary Flowers, “we should come out of an election smarter, stronger. And we should come out of an election exhausted.” A call for giving it your all and knowing your work continues and we learn.

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 2, 201712:01 am

Durkin represents a Seattle establishment that is emblematic of the Democratic party. For too long Seattle has capitulated to the interests of Amazon and Boeing. We have a crisis when it comes to homelessness and affordability in Seattle. Durkin represents a continuation of those practices. The working poor, who are overwhelmingly people of color are being shoved out of the city. Gentrification has caused rent for micro studios upwards of $1,000 a month. Neighborhoods in the city that are traditionally areas where marginalized folks live are being yanked from under their feet as the ever expanding need for housing for tech workers. Seattle is a city on the brink. If no real progressive makes it through to the general we’ll all watch the inevitable outcome of the democratic parties policies. Spoiler alert: It forsakes everyone who isn’t wealthy. (All opinions are my own)

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 2, 201712:20 am

Nikkita ending with a call for continued fighting and holding other candidates accountable. Not a victory speech, for sure. Calls on communities outside of the most marginalized (calling on wealthy white) to organize as well. No focus on “the numbers” because “we want you to focus on this: the community.”

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 2, 201712:21 am

A bit of back and forth with Bob Hasegawa:

Adair: A lot of candidates talk about how they activated the base; not many talk about their community. Do you feel you activated the base as well as the community?

Bob: Our base has been awesome. I couldn’t ask for a greater group to work with. . . They were inspired by the work we were trying to accomplish and everyone felt really good about what we did.

Adair: What do you see happening going forward

Bob: Who knows what’s going to happen going forward? I think it’s too early to tell. Our votes are going to come later on. If the numbers hold I think Seattle is in trouble. we’ll continue on with business as usual.

Adair: You’ve served Seattle for such a long time, what would you say to those folks who felt it wasn’t worth the vote?

Bob: It’s hard to put it on the disenfranchised people who didn’t vote but it’s on them. Unless they’re willing to stand up and fight back it won’t change. I think that was main benefit of our campaign. It gave people the feeling they had something to fight for. My camping gave people hope that we can fight back. We don’t need half a million dollars to run a campaign. Just enough get your ideas out and the necessary technology.

Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 2, 201712:25 am

A bit of back and forth with Bob Hasegawa:

Adair: A lot of candidates talk about how they activated the base; not many talk about their community. Do you feel you activated the base as well as the community?

Bob: Our base has been awesome. I couldn’t ask for a greater group to work with. . . They were inspired by the work we were trying to accomplish and everyone felt really good about what we did.

Adair: What do you see happening going forward

Bob: Who knows what’s going to happen going forward? I think it’s too early to tell. Our votes are going to come later on. If the numbers hold I think Seattle is in trouble. we’ll continue on with business as usual.

Adair: You’ve served Seattle for such a long time, what would you say to those folks who felt it wasn’t worth the vote?

Bob: It’s hard to put it on the disenfranchised people who didn’t vote but it’s on them. Unless they’re willing to stand up and fight back it won’t change. I think that was main benefit of our campaign. It gave people the feeling they had something to fight for. My camping gave people hope that we can fight back. We don’t need half a million dollars to run a campaign. Just enough get your ideas out and to get the necessary technology.

Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 2, 201712:27 am

I’m heading home, like Nikkita Oliver, I got to work and take care of the family…Which makes her all the more remarkable. She works, pays her bills and is still the best candidate for mayor.

No matter how it ends, the celebration I witnessed today, on the backs of many people’s hard work, will serve as an inspiration to keep pushing. I’ll be refreshing the results as I head home on the bus.
Adair Schmidt Adair Schmidt August 2, 201712:28 am

In some conversations with voters I’m having there is a sense of hope among Oliver’s voters that she can and will close the gap on Moon. Moons voters counter with claims that there will be little if any movement in numbers beyond tonight. They go further to say the little movement they see happening will go to Durkan. The next update from the King County elections page will come tomorrow at 4:30 pm pst

Aaron Bowersock Aaron Bowersock August 2, 20171:16 am

I agree with Adair. Some conversations have strayed to past city council races, won in the days following Primary voting deadline. With less than 1,500 separating second and third place, it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.

Ok that’s it for me, for tonight. Had a great time at the event and the crew put on a great production. Great job to the performers!
Andre Roberge Andre Roberge August 2, 20172:05 am

Goodnight Seattle! nikkitabecause ?

Written by Andre Roberge

Andre Roberge

Father, Husband. Went to school for philosophy (university of WA) and now I work for a train company -- Interests include Labor Law, TILA, Unions, Paid Family Leave, Healthcare, Philosophy of Science, Fantasy Football and Open Government-- Fanboy of The Take Down with Nick Nowlin and The Way with Anoa. Follow Andre on Twitter @SubvertingPower.

Andre Roberge is a Researcher and Writer for Progressive Army.

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Adair Schmidt

Adair Schmidt is a political activist and was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He was previously a contributor on Project Sanity and is now on The Discourse. Follow him on Twitter @adairschmidtPS.

Adair is a Writer for Progressive Army.

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Aaron Bowersock

Multi-media artist dedicating my art and writing to the cause of normalizing political discussion. Activist with Socialist Alternative, building a working people's party for the 99%.

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