Sally Bagshaw should be re-elected for another term on the Seattle City Council, despite some concerns.

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POLITICAL newcomers challenging incumbent Councilmember Sally Bagshaw in Seattle City District No. 7 reflect its broad range of interests and concerns about growth and transportation.

The district ranges from downtown high-rises to swaths of single-family homes across Magnolia and Queen Anne, with some of Seattle’s most congested arterials in-between.

Preserving quality of life in these neighborhoods while ensuring they are navigable and safe for those living, working or driving through them will be a major challenge in the next term. Compounding this will be the shrinkage of Highway 99 and the arrival of Expedia, which is moving thousands of jobs from Bellevue to the heart of District 7.

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Sally Bagshaw

Sally Bagshaw

Seattle City Council District 7

Strengths: Steady and effective presence on the council; particularly strong on parks and urban-safety issues

Room for improvement: Bagshaw’s support for the city broadside on the Port of Seattle’s short-term lease for Shell’s Arctic vessels is troubling.

Balance and neighborhood advocacy will be needed to mitigate the effects of downtown’s northward sprawl and traffic generated by Ballard’s density. ... Bagshaw’s depth and experience make her the best candidate."

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Bagshaw — who served as King County’s chief civil prosecutor before she joined the council in 2010 — has been a steady and effective presence on the council. The downtown resident is particularly strong on parks and urban-safety issues.

Yet representing District 7’s varied interests through the next phase of growth may require a council member willing to deviate from the council’s ideological consensus. Balance and neighborhood advocacy will be needed to mitigate the effects of downtown’s northward sprawl and traffic generated by Ballard’s density.

Bagshaw’s support for the city broadside on the Port of Seattle’s short-term lease for Shell’s Arctic vessels is troubling. Meeting with this editorial board, she said she’d prefer to see a biofuel refinery or electricity generation facility in the harbor, which seems like a questionable trade.

Even so, Bagshaw’s depth and experience make her the best candidate.