City Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced his candidacy for Seattle mayor Tuesday, and his campaign set up shop at 23rd and Union next to Earl’s Cuts & Style.
Harrell has housed successful political campaigns at 23rd and Union in the past, but this time he is entering an already-crowded mayoral race with several other heavy hitters vying to the job.
Declared candidates so far include incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, real estate broker Charlie Staadecker, state Senator Ed Murray, former Greenwood Community Council President Kate Martin, former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck and, as we reported previously, Omari Tahir-Garrett.
CDNews does not typically endorse candidates for office, but we will certainly be covering the issues and debates that directly affect the Central District.
Here’s an excerpt from Harrell’s press release outlining changes he imagines for community centers and community outreach:
To support his vision, Harrell stated he will convert the majority of the community centers to Empowerment Centers, giving youth, seniors and all people the tools and curriculum to be successful. He will create 20 Community Service Officers (CSOs) with approximately 4 in each precinct, reflecting the communities they serve. The CSOs will strengthen the police department’s community presence, build relationships and conduct meaningful outreach for the police department and facilitate a program known as Saving Streets and Saving Souls that bring faith communities, gang outreach workers and mentors to the most troubled parts of the city and downtown.