Seattle’s District 7 candidates set to debate crime, homelessness
Seattle City Council District 7 — which contains the downtown epicenter of the city’s well-documented struggle with crime and homelessness — will be the site of a candidate debate Tuesday tonight.
The 6 p.m. forum at 1513 3rd Avenue (next to the Melbourne Building) is open to the public who will be able to ask questions of the five candidates expected to attend, including: Jason Williams, Jim Pugel, Michael George, Naveed Jamali (who has not yet confirmed), Daniela Lipscomb Eng.
Nine candidates have declared for the District 7 race. The top two finishers in the Aug. 6 primary advance to the general election. In all, 55 candidates have filed candidate papers across the seven council district seats.
District 7 covers Seattle’s downtown, South Lake Union, Pioneer Square, the International District, Queen Anne and Magnolia. The event was organized by 3rd Avenue Residents — an informal group who live in the heart of the district that has seen a 600 percent population increase over the past seven years.