Sep 23, 2017
CITY COUNCIL PRIMARIES ARE SEPT. 12
FIND OUT WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND
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
1 here and District
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
candidates let it be known how they felt about the need
protections for the area.
You can also see more information about other recent
candidate forums 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 more
such buildings planned for the area are not built.
Find your polling place for the September 12th
primary here. Click 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
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