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What’s it take to be mayor? Some candidates testing that question

Nikkita Oliver addresses a community meeting in poetry and song Monday February 13, 2017, at Washington Hall in Seattle, organized to discuss next steps in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

How involved in the traditional trappings of democracy do you have to be to seek the city’s top political job? Because in the race for Seattle mayor, one rising candidate has voted only about a quarter of the time.

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