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Local candidates to square off in social justice debate


Seattle Human Services Coalition Hosts Candidate’s Forum

The Seattle Human Services Coalition will host its 13th Biennial Candidate’s Forum on September 17th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Garfield Community Center, located at 2323 E. Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98122.  Invitees include candidates for Seattle Mayor, Seattle City Council, King County Executive, King County Council Position 1, King County Sheriff, and Seattle City Attorney. The event is free and open to the public, with voter registration on site and light refreshments. Sign language, language interpretation and child care services are available upon request with RSVP. Attendees should RSVP by September 13th to [email protected] or call 206.325.7105.

Since 1989, the Seattle Human Services Coalition (SHSC) has provided an opportunity for candidates and voters to connect on important human services issues in Seattle and King County.  “Being able to meet one’s basic human needs is a fundamental human right.  Public policy that acts on this understanding is basic to social justice,” explained SHSC Co-Chair Patricia Hayden. For more information about SHSC and to view the candidate’s responses to SHSC’s pre-primary Candidate Questionnaire please visit

This year’s forum will be moderated by Professor David Domke, Chair of the Department of Communications at the University of Washington. Sponsors of the forum include Alliance of People with disAbilities, Child Care Resources, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Lighthouse for the Blind, Non-Profit Anti-Racist Coalition, One America, Real Change, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, Senior Services, SOAR/Youth Development, Tenant’s Union of Washington State  and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and
YWCA of Seattle|King|Snohomish.

The Seattle Human Services Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, group of human service providers and individuals committed to helping Seattle and King County residents meet their basic human needs. The Coalition works to shape public policy on issues such as ending homelessness, hunger relief, domestic violence prevention, quality affordable child care, healthcare, racial equity, youth development, violence prevention and more.

As a nonprofit organization, Seattle Human Services Coalition does not make endorsements or recommendations or show any preference toward any candidate. This effort constitutes nonpartisan voter education allowed under state and federal law.

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      … a link to the SHSC candidate questionnaire. Everyone whose name is in red responded to the questionnaire and by clicking their name you can read their full responses. If the name is not red, that candidate did not respond.

      If there is no video from the event, this questionnaire will give you a good idea of the candidates’ positions.