Seattle mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon addressed Seattle's explosive growth, housing affordability, and homelessness in their first head-to-head debate since moving on from August's primary.
Issues related to Seattle’s dramatic changes over the past decade – including the city’s booming population, housing affordability, and increased homelessness – will be front and center during Tuesday night’s mayoral debate between candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. The newest child sexual-abuse allegations against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will also likely be brought up.
Durkan, a former U.S. attorney, and Moon, an urban planner, have already sparred in recent weeks over a push by some local leaders to put the brakes on real-estate speculation. The two have also separated themselves on how to fund a proposal offering free community college tuition for Seattle high-school graduates, and have released a handful of policy proposals in advance of tonight’s debate.
Tuesday’s 90-minute debate begins at 7 p.m. at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium. The Seattle Times joins Crosscut, and Seattle University in co-sponsoring the event. Times reporter Vernal Coleman will be asking questions of the candidates. The debate can be viewed live on The Times’ Facebook page at approximately 7 p.m.
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