Shannon Braddock is an informed, balanced voice for Seattle City Council’s District 1.

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The candidates for the West Seattle seat on the City Council are both government staffers and share a fluid grasp of public policy.

Shannon Braddock is chief of staff for a King County councilmember, and Lisa Herbold is a 17-year staffer for City Councilmember Nick Licata. Both get the particular needs of the West Seattle peninsula, and the complaints of its residents that it is underserved.

Braddock is the best candidate to represent District 1 on the new district-based council. For a first-time candidate, she has an impressively broad base of support, from the activist SEIU local 1199NW to the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s political arm, from local Realtors and restaurateurs to the Cascade Bicycle Club and NARAL Pro-Choice.

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Shannon Braddock

Courtney Gregoire

Seattle City Council District 1

Strengths: Balanced approach to leadership, broad base of support

She is a progressive not beholden to the uber-left surge; a supporter of the $15 minimum wage who doesn’t think 'business is the bad guy;' an advocate for affordable housing who is not interested in ending single-family zoning in West Seattle neighborhoods."

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She epitomizes a balanced approach to leadership. She is a progressive not beholden to the uber-left surge; a supporter of the $15 minimum wage who doesn’t think “business is the bad guy;” an advocate for affordable housing who is not interested in ending single-family zoning in West Seattle neighborhoods.

She smartly compares the recent activism against the Shell oil rig and a new King County juvenile-detention center as symbolic protests that obscure the larger important issues at stake. That kind of perspective would be welcome on the Seattle City Council, as would Braddock’s regionalist approach of building stronger relationships with neighboring cities on issues from homelessness to transit.

Herbold is also a strong candidate, and pushes back on characterizations of her as simply another vote for the agenda of socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant. But her authorship of a council resolution asking the Legislature to lift the statewide ban on rent control suggests a strident governing style. Herbold’s resolution, authored for Licata, was too much to pass even the Seattle City Council; a less-aggressive alternative did.

Voters should elect Braddock, who would bring an informed voice on the big issues facing West Seattle.