The four contenders for Seattle’s District 6 City Council seat will answer questions ranging from land use and transportation to affordable housing and public safety at a candidates’ forum set for 2-4 p.m. June 6 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.
“The move to district elections represents one of the biggest political changes in Seattle in years,” says Ted Inkley, a board member with the Phinney Ridge Community Council, which is sponsoring the forum. “It’s important that District residents learn the views of those who want to represent them, and equally important that the candidates hear residents’ concerns. This is especially critical given the important decisions facing City Hall during this time of rapid growth and change in Seattle.”
Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook, Jon Lisbin and Stan Shaufler will answer questions formulated with input from community organizations from around the district. They’ve identified zoning, land use, development, affordable housing, transportation, civic engagement, the environment, social equity and public safety as top concerns. Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions.
District 6 covers a slice of northwest Seattle from Fremont through “Tangletown”, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Crown Hill, Blue Ridge, North Beach and parts of Greenwood.
PRCC is sponsoring the forum with assistance from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Central Ballard Residents’ Association, Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, Fremont Neighborhood Council, Green Lake Community Council, Greenwood Community Council, and Sustainable Ballard.
The candidates’ forum will take place in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s (PNC) brick-building auditorium along Dayton Avenue N. Parking is available on street and PNC lots. ADA access on Dayton Ave. N. METRO #5 stops at PNC at 6532 Phinney Ave N. Covered bicycle parking in the upper lot.