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Aug 2, 2021


Primary elections for City Council Districts 1 and 2 will be held on Tuesday, September 12 (there is no contested primary for the Council District 3 seat).  Such primaries often determine who wins, so it’s vital to educate yourself about the candidates and vote.

To help, GVSHP has sent questionnaires to all the candidates for these two Council seats about critical preservation and development issues.  Read the responses submitted by the candidates for District 1 here and District 2 here.


GVSHP also recently held a candidate’s forum with fellow preservation and housing groups for candidates for the District 2 seat – view that forum here.

In the spring, GVSHP and fellow preservation organizations held a forum with candidates for Districts 1 and 2 where they were questioned on a variety of preservation issues – view video of that forum here.

Attendees at GVSHP’s recent forum with District 2 City Council
candidates let it be known how they felt about the need
for zoning protections for the area.

You can also see more information about other recent candidate forums here and here.|

City Councilmembers play a tremendously important role in shaping our communities, particularly in relation to development and preservation issues.  For instance, GVSHP is fighting to get zoning protections for the area between 3rd and 5th Avenue in the 2nd Council District to preserve its character and prevent inappropriate development. In this area, low-rise buildings are being replaced with oversized condos, hotels, and office towers. The Mayor has refused to support such protections, but the City Councilmember can force his hand.  The Mayor is seeking City Council approval for a “Tech Hub” on a nearby piece of city-owned property on 14th Street near 4th Avenue.  GVSHP has asked and the current City Councilmember Rosie Mendez has agreed to condition any support for the Mayor’s plan upon his providing the requested and needed zoning protections for the surrounding area. So the Mayor is waiting for Councilmember Mendez to be “term-limited” out at the end of this year in the hopes he will be able to get approval for his Tech Hub from the next City Councilmember without having to provide the zoning protections this neighborhood wants and needs (note that several of GVSHP’s questions to District 2 Council candidates focus on this issue).  Find out more about the issue here.

This 300 ft. tall tower is coming to University Place
because the 
Mayor refuses to support zoning or
landmark protections for this 
area. Only the City
Councilmember can ensure that almost a dozen 
such buildings planned for the area are not built.

Find your polling place for the September 12th primary hereClick here for a Primary Election guide.

GVSHP is a 501C-3 organization, and therefore cannot endorse or recommend candidates.  We do however educate the public about candidates' and elected officials’ positions and actions and on issues of importance to us and encourage the public to educate themselves and participate in the electoral process.


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