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Candidates running for Seattle City Council in 2019

Feb 15, 2019, 12:37 PM | Updated: Aug 5, 2019, 9:16 am
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The full Seattle City Council in 2018. (KIRO Radio file)
(KIRO Radio file)

There’s a major upheaval expected on the Seattle City Council in 2019. Seven out of nine council seats are up for grabs, leaving the door wide open for some new faces.

RELATED: Seattle City Council poised for major shakeup in 2019

Mike O’Brien (District 6), Sally Bagshaw (District 7), Rob Johnson (District 4), and Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2) have all expressed that they will not be seeking re-election.

Lisa Herbold (District 1), Kshama Sawant (District 3), and Debora Juarez (District 5) all announced re-election campaigns.

36 other candidates and counting have already putting their respective names in the hat, four of whom will eventually end up being first-time council members. Here’s a look at the people angling for that honor.

NOTE: If you are a declared, registered candidate for city council and are either 1. Not on our list of candidates, or 2. Would like to submit a photo for your entry, please email us at [email protected].

District 1: Lisa Herbold (running, took office 2015)

Jesse Green

Candidate: Jesse Green
Status: Declared
Background: Worked for years in banking, food processing, and construction industry

Brendan Kolding

Candidate: Brendan Kolding
Status: Declared
Background: Former Seattle Police Department Lieutenant

Phillip Tavel

Candidate: Phillip Tavel
Status: Declared
Background: Lawyer

District 2: Bruce Harrell, Council President (not running, took office 2008)

Henry Clay Dennison

Candidate: Henry Clay Dennison
Status: Declared
Background: Member of the Socialist Workers Party

Ari Hoffman

Candidate: Ari Hoffman
Status: Declared
Background: Business owner in Seattle

Tammy Morales

Candidate: Tammy Morales
Status: Declared
Background: Former staffer in Texas Legislature, ran against Harrell in 2015

Christopher Peguero

Candidate: Christopher Peguero
Status: Declared
Background: Seattle City Light employee for over a decade

Omari Tahir-Garrett

Candidate: Omari Tahir-Garrett
Status: Declared
Background: Council candidate in 2015.

Phyllis Porter

Candidate: Phyllis Porter
Status: Declared
Background: Community organizer and educator

Mark Solomon

Candidate: Mark Solomon
Status: Declared
Background: Crime Prevention Coordinator, Seattle Police Department

District 3: Kshama Sawant (running, took office 2014)

Pat Murakami

Candidate: Pat Murakami
Status: Declared
Background: Neighborhood activist, president of South Seattle Crime Prevention Council

Logan Bowers

Candidate: Logan Bowers
Status: Declared
Background: Former software engineer at Microsoft and Amazon, currently runs Hashtag Cannabis in Fremont

Ami Nguyen

Candidate: Ami Nguyen
Status: Declared
Background: Seattle Public Defender

Egan Orion

Candidate: Egan Orion
Status: Declared
Background: Head of Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

Zachary DeWolf

Candidate: Zachary DeWolf
Status: Declared
Background: Seattle School Board Member, served as President of Capitol Hill Community Council.

District 4: Abel Pacheco (interim councilmember, previously Rob Johnson’s seat)

Shaun Scott

Candidate: Shaun Scott
Status: Announced candidacy in The Stranger
Background: Democratic Socialists of America organizer

Alex Pedersen

Candidate: Alex Pedersen
Status: Declared
Background: Tim Burgess’ former aide

Ethan Hunter

Candidate: Ethan Hunter
Status: Declared
Background: Student at Seattle Central College

Emily Myers

Candidate: Emily Myers
Status: Declared
Background: Ph.D student at University of Washington

Joshua Newman

Candidate: Joshua Newman
Status: Declared
Background: Boeing Engineer

Sasha Anderson

Candidate: Sasha Anderson
Status: Declared
Background: Works with Big Brothers Big Sisters high school mentor program

Frank Krueger

Candidate: Frank Krueger
Status: Declared
Background: Small business owner

Heidi Stuber

Candidate: Heidi Stuber
Status: Declared
Background: Businesswoman and autism advocate

Cathy Tuttle

Candidate: Cathy Tuttle
Status: Declared
Background: Founder of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Beth Mountsier

Candidate: Beth Mountsier
Status: Declared
Background: Transit Project Manager for City of Redmond

District 5: Debora Juarez (running, took office 2016)

John Lombard

Candidate: John Lombard
Status: Declared
Background: Private consultant on land-use planning, lecturer at University of Washington

Ann Davison Sattler

Candidate: Ann Davison Sattler
Status: Declared
Background: Former caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Alex Tsimerman

Candidate: Alex Tsimerman
Status: Declared
Background: Frequent antagonist at Seattle City Council meetings

Mark Mendez

Candidate: Mark Mendez
Status: Declared
Background: Recreation Leader for City of Seattle

Tayla Mahoney

Candidate: Tayla Mahoney
Status: Declared
Background: Student at Seattle University Law School.

District 6: Mike O’Brien (not running, took office 2010)

Daniel Jay Fathi

Candidate: Jay Fathi
Status: Declared
Background: Family physician, former CEO of Coordinated Care

Jon Lisbin

Candidate: Jon Lisbin
Status: Declared
Background: Involved in Seattle Fair Growth, ran for council in 2015

Kate Martin

Candidate: Kate Martin
Status: Declared
Background: Professional planner and designer

Dan Strauss

Candidate: Dan Strauss
Status: Declared
Background: Policy adviser to Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

Daniel Jay Fathi

Candidate: Kara Ceriello
Status:
Background: Local business owner

Daniel Jay Fathi

Candidate: Sergio Garcia
Status: Declared
Background: Seattle Police Officer

Daniel Jay Fathi

Candidate: Joey Massa
Status: Declared
Background: Washington Army National Guard veteran

Daniel Jay Fathi

Candidate: Terry Rice
Status: Declared
Background: Managing Director at Savor Seattle, and Global Food Tourism Association board member

Daniel Jay Fathi

Candidate: Heidi Wills
Status: Declared
Background: Seattle City Council Member between 2000 and 2003

George Liu

Candidate: Jeremy Cook
Status: Declared
Background: North Ballard resident, lived in Seattle for over a decade

Robert Miller

Candidate: Robert Miller
Status: Declared
Background: Background unknown

Melissa Hall

Candidate: Melissa Hall
Status: Declared
Background: Lawyer

John Peeples

Candidate: John Peeples
Status: Declared
Background: North Ballard resident, lived in Seattle for over a decade

John Peeples

Candidate: Ed Pottharst
Status: Declared
Background: Neighborhood District Coordinator for City of Seattle

District 7: Sally Bagshaw (not running, took office 2010)

Naveed Jamali

Candidate: Naveed Jamali
Status: Declared
Background: Former U.S. Navy Reserve intelligence officer and MSNBC intelligence analyst

Michael George

Candidate: Michael George
Status: Declared
Background: Co-founder of Parents for a Better Downtown Seattle

Isabelle Kerner

Candidate: Isabelle Kerner
Status: Declared
Background: Former intern for Maria Cantwell

Andrew Lewis

Candidate: Andrew Lewis
Status: Declared
Background: Seattle City Attorney’s Office

Daniela Eng

Candidate: Daniela Lipscomb-Eng
Status: Declared
Background: Account executive, WBL Services

Jim Pugel

Candidate: Jim Pugel
Status: Declared
Background: Former acting Police Chief for Seattle Police Department

Elizabeth Campbell

Candidate: Jason Williams
Status: Declared
Background: Management consultant, spent five years advising organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NBC Universal, The Rockefeller Foundation, and more. Currently works at Microsoft.

Don Harper

Candidate: Don Harper
Status: Declared
Background: Former stage manager and road manger for 8 years. Master Electrician and owner of Harper Electric Inc for 30 years and now retired. Teaching electricians at CITC part time. Still serving on the Queen Anne Community Council for 21 years and is the Chair of the Parks Committee. Don is married to professional musician & teacher of music Suzanne Grant and has a son Nicholas.

James Donaldson

Candidate: James Donaldson
Status: Declared
Background: Former Seattle Supersonic in the 1980s, current CEO of mentorship startup

Gene Burrus

Candidate: Gene Burrus
Status: Declared
Background: Attorney

Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda (District 8) and Lorena Gonzalez (District 9) are not up for re-election in 2019.

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Candidates running for Seattle City Council in 2019