Preservation and Elections

Since 1999, Historic Seattle has conducted candidates surveys for local elections in major election years. The survey addresses local historic preservation issues, challenges, and opportunities. The survey’s intent is to gauge candidates’ knowledge of and sensitivity to preservation issues.

Preservation of the built environment is a key quality-of-life issue. It is a primary component of sustainable development and serves as a valuable planning tool that helps build strong, livable communities.

Many voters, especially Historic Seattle members, seek to understand the positions of political leaders who will be responsible for protecting our historic places and thoughtfully balancing the preservation of Seattle’s unique character with other public goals.

2017 General Election Candidates Survey

The 2017 General Election is November 7th. Historic Seattle is conducting a survey of candidates running for Mayor and Seattle City Council Positions 8 and 9 (both at-large). Responses to each question were limited to 200 words or less. We are posting responses as we receive them and will continue to do so through Election Day.

The candidates were asked the following five questions:

  • What’s your favorite historic place in Seattle and why do you think it’s important?
  • How can Seattle accommodate the growing numbers of residents and increase in density while keeping neighborhood character?
  • Do you believe historic buildings and places help create a more sustainable, affordable, and livable city? If so, how?
  • How would you strengthen the City’s historic preservation program to ensure continued protection of designated Seattle Landmarks and historic districts?
  • How do we use existing and new tools to better engage communities to ensure equitable cultural heritage preservation?

Follow the links below to view responses from the two Mayoral candidates and from the City Council candidates for the two at-large positions, 8 and 9.

Mayoral Candidates – Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon

City Council Position 8 – At-large – Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda

City Council Position 9 – At-large – Lorena González and Pat Murakami