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2017 Election and Preservation

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). We are posting responses as we receive them and will continue to do so through Election Day. You may view the submitted responses on our website. As of this posting date (October 20), we have received responses from the two Mayoral candidates.

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?

If you don’t see a response from candidates for the at-large City Council positions, we urge you to contact them directly and ask them to respond to our questionnaire.

Let the candidates know that historic preservation is a key quality-of-life issue and a valuable tool for building strong, livable communities!

2015 Election and Preservation

The 2015 General Election is November 3rd. All nine Seattle City Council seats are up for election. This election marks a significant change in how we vote for City Councilmembers due to the new district-based system approved by Seattle voters in 2013, creating seven new districts within the city and two at-large positions (8 and 9). You’ll be casting your vote for your district candidate and the two at-large Councilmembers.

As we’ve done in previous years, Historic Seattle conducted a survey for all candidates running for City Council seats in the upcoming General Election. The survey addresses local historic preservation issues, challenges, and opportunities, and gauges candidates’ knowledge of and sensitivity to these issues. You can view the submitted responses on our website.

The candidates were asked the following three 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?

If you don’t see a response from candidates in your district or at-large positions, we urge you to contact them directly and ask them to respond to our questionnaire. We are posting responses right up to Election Day. To find your voting district, enter your address on the King County Elections’ interactive map.

Let the candidates know that historic preservation is a key quality-of-life issue and a valuable tool for building strong, livable communities!

2013 General Election Candidates Survey on Historic Preservation

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Since 1999, Historic Seattle has conducted candidates surveys for the primary and general elections in major election years. The 2013 General Election is November 5. Historic Seattle is conducting a candidates survey of those running for Mayor and City Council in the City of Seattle. We are posting responses as we receive them and will continue to do so through November 1, 2013.

Here’s what we asked the candidates:

As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow and change, what do you see as the role of historic preservation in sustainable development? What environmental, economic and social benefits does preservation present in a city that strives to be the greenest city?

View our website’s Preservation and Elections page to see what the candidates for the General Election have to say about historic preservation. You may also be interested in reading responses for the Primary Election (August 6).

Note: Historic Seattle does not endorse candidates.

2013 Primary Election Candidates Survey on Historic Preservation

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Preservation of our heritage and 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, are seeking 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.

Since 1999, Historic Seattle has conducted candidates surveys for the primary and general elections in major election years. The 2013 Primary Election is August 6. Historic Seattle is conducting a candidates survey of those running for Mayor and City Council in the City of Seattle. We are posting responses as we receive them and will continue to do so through August 5, 2013.

View our website’s Preservation and Elections page to see what the candidates have to say about historic preservation.

Note: Historic Seattle does not endorse candidates.