Seattle’s wild 2017 mayoral primary in its final days. So what’s the word on the streets?
In Episode 47 of The Overcast, the Seattle Times weekly politics podcast, reporters Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner hit the sidewalks and talk with local voters about which candidates are creating a buzz as the Aug. 1 primary-ballot deadline approaches.
This episode was recorded at the Seattle studios of public radio station 88.5 KNKX, with the production guidance of KNKX reporter Simone Alicea – as part of an ongoing partnership.
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Beekman and Brunner fanned out on a sunny day this week to hear directly from voters at Westlake Park, Lake City, Columbia City, and Capitol Hill. With 21 candidates on the ballot to replace outgoing Mayor Ed Murray, many voters are still deciding their favorites, but some clear patterns emerged among voters who spoke to the podcast.
Six big contenders are the likely favorites to place in the top two in the Aug. 1 primary and advance to the November general election: former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, former state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, former Mayor Mike McGinn, activist and lawyer Nikkita Oliver and urban planner Cary Moon.
Which of the big six had the mojo in our sidewalk interviews? No spoilers here (though Ned Stark is dead). Listen to the podcast to hear which candidates are creating a buzz as Seattle’s primary winds down. The favorites might surprise you.
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