At the same time, COVID-19 precautions have made it hard for many voters to meet the contenders in person and watch them think on their feet.
That’s why The Times asked eight leading candidates to take part in a video-recorded quiz about Seattle, the city they want to lead. Some of the questions have answers that a mayor should probably know, while others are more fun and light.
Before watching the candidates, you can take the quiz yourself (with the advantage of a multiple-choice format).
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