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Your guide to every Seattle City Council race


Seattle’s race for city council is nearing its end, with election day looming on the horizon. With seven out of nine council seats up for grabs — and just three incumbents running — we’ll soon see some new faces on the dais. To get you familiar with these faces, new and old, we broke down each council race, linked out below.

District 1: Lisa Herbold and Phil Tavel

The basics: Herbold has served on Seattle City Council since 2016. Her opponent, Phil Tavel, worked as a public defender and trial lawyer for 15 years.

Full rundown of District 1’s candidates here

District 2: Tammy Morales and Mark Solomon

The basics: Morales works a community organizer in Rainier Beach, previously running for Seattle City Council’s District 2 seat in 2015. Solomon served in the U.S. Air Force, and then with the Seattle Police Department as a Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Full rundown of District 2’s candidates here

District 3: Kshama Sawant and Egan Orion

The basics: Sawant has served on Seattle City Council since 2014. Orion runs PrideFest Seattle Center, and has led nonprofits and small businesses.

Full rundown of District 3’s candidates here

District 4: Alex Pedersen and Shaun Scott

The basics: Pedersen was a legislative aide to former Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess. Scott is a filmmaker and author, and worked as a field staffer for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

Full rundown of District 4’s candidates here

District 5: Debora Juarez and Ann Davison Sattler

The basics: Juarez has served on Seattle City Council since 2016, working as a lawyer and then a judge before her tenure. Sattler worked as a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives, later becoming an attorney.

Full rundown of District 5’s candidates here

District 6: Dan Strauss and Heidi Wills

The basics: Strauss worked for a decade as a legislative aide and policy adviser for Seattle, Washington’s state Legislature, and the Oregon Legislature. Wills served on Seattle City Council between 2000 and 2003,  and then as the executive director for the First Tree of Greater Seattle for the next 13 years.

Full rundown of District 6’s candidates here

District 7: Andrew Lewis and Jim Pugel

The basics: Lewis previously served as Seattle’s Human Rights Commissioner, and ran former City Councilmember Nick Licata’s 2009 successful reelection bid. Pugel served first as a Seattle Police Officer, then captain, before being appointed interim police chief in 2013. After eight months, he moved on to serve as the Assistant Chief before retiring in 2014.

Full rundown of District 7’s candidates here

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