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District 6 Seattle City Council Election

Follow 2019 race fresh from the source.

What's this?

The city of Seattle is divided into 7 geographic districts for electing representatives to the Seattle City Council.  The council sets policies and passes laws for the entire city.  There are two additional seats for citywide representatives.  The nine members of the Seattle City Council each serve four year terms and earn up to $130,000 per year for the honor:-)

District 6 is comprised of these neighborhoods:

Ballard, Blue Ridge, Crown Hill, East Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Greenwood, Loyal Heights, North Beach, Olympic Manor, Phinney Ridge, Shilshole, Sunset Hill, West Woodland, Whittier Heights.

FINAL SHOWDOWN - MEET THE CANDIDATES

Seattle, WA -- Aug 20, 2019

Many thanks to Chef Ethan Stowell for his support of my campaign and for hosting this meet-and-greet at Frēlard Pizza in D6. And thanks to Sara Nelson for providing the beer. Please share and spread the word! ... See MoreSee Less

Many thanks to Chef Ethan Stowell for his support of my campaign and for hosting this meet-and-greet at Frēlard Pizza in D6. And thanks to Sara Nelson for providing the beer. Please share and spread the word!

THE RUNNERS-UP

Seattle, WA -- Aug 8, 2019

Dear Friends, On Tuesday we received the election results in our campaign for Seattle City Council, and unfortunately, it seems clear that we will not be moving on to the General Election. I want to thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support, and I hope in the next few months I’ll get to thank many of you in-person. This has been an amazing and enjoyable experience for me. I learned so much and am so proud of the campaign we ran. Last November Joelle and I took a walk in the neighborhood, and as we walked we passed by the homes of our friends -- our son’s preschool teacher, a roommate from UW, a family whose kids I coached in basketball, and patients who we have cared for over nearly the past three decades around Seattle. I asked Joelle what she thought about me running for Seattle City Council. Any of you who know Joelle know she isn’t one to beat around the bush -- she tells it to you straight. She said, “Jay, this is perfect for you. Your entire life has arced towards you doing this. Our city needs you!”When I asked Joelle if I should run, I was thinking of our friends. My mind went to our son’s teachers who are overworked and underpaid but still give our children an excellent education, to the new UW alums who want to live in the community where they grew up but can’t afford Seattle’s rent prices, and our patients who can’t get access to addiction and mental health treatment. Today my mind goes to them again. While I won’t be the one representing them on the City Council, I’m proud of the work we all did putting those issues at the forefront of this election and rallying folks around a compassionate, collaborative, vision for Seattle.It was nothing but a privilege to take this journey with you all--for your encouragement, and volunteering with canvassing, making phone calls, hosting house parties, for spreading the word about our campaign in your neighborhood conversations and over social media, for your tens of thousands of dollars of contributions and democracy vouchers--the words ‘thank you’ are not nearly enough. The campaign we ran elevated the conversation around affordable housing in Seattle, our challenges with homelessness, and our needs for continued improvement around mental health and addiction services. Our community is already better off because of the work and support you provided during this campaign. I am very truly grateful for your support!So thanks again for sharing in that vision, and putting your trust in me. And remember there is always more we can do to serve our community and be engaged in making Seattle a better home for everyone -- I know I’ll be looking for a new way to give back, and hope you will too.Sincerely, -- Jay ... See MoreSee Less

Dear Friends, 

On Tuesday we received the election results in our campaign for Seattle City Council, and unfortunately, it seems clear that we will not be moving on to the General Election. 

I want to thank each and every one of you for your tremendous support, and I hope in the next few months I’ll get to thank many of you in-person. This has been an amazing and enjoyable experience for me. I learned so much and am so proud of the campaign we ran.  

Last November Joelle and I took a walk in the neighborhood, and as we walked we passed by the homes of our friends -- our son’s preschool teacher, a roommate from UW, a family whose kids I coached in basketball, and patients who we have cared for over nearly the past three decades around Seattle. I asked Joelle what she thought about me running for Seattle City Council. Any of you who know Joelle know she isn’t one to beat around the bush -- she tells it to you straight. She said, “Jay, this is perfect for you. Your entire life has arced towards you doing this. Our city needs you!”

When I asked Joelle if I should run, I was thinking of our friends. My mind went to our son’s teachers who are overworked and underpaid but still give our children an excellent education, to the new UW alums who want to live in the community where they grew up but can’t afford Seattle’s rent prices, and our patients who can’t get access to addiction and mental health treatment. 

Today my mind goes to them again. While I won’t be the one representing them on the City Council, I’m proud of the work we all did putting those issues at the forefront of this election and rallying folks around a compassionate, collaborative, vision for Seattle.

It was nothing but a privilege to take this journey with you all--for your encouragement, and volunteering with canvassing, making phone calls, hosting house parties, for spreading the word about our campaign in your neighborhood conversations and over social media, for your tens of thousands of dollars of contributions and democracy vouchers--the words ‘thank you’ are not nearly enough.  The campaign we ran elevated the conversation around affordable housing in Seattle, our challenges with homelessness, and our needs for continued improvement around mental health and addiction services. Our community is already better off because of the work and support you provided during this campaign. I am very truly grateful for your support!

So thanks again for sharing in that vision, and putting your trust in me. And remember there is always more we can do to serve our community and be engaged in making Seattle a better home for everyone -- I know I’ll be looking for a new way to give back, and hope you will too.

Sincerely, 

-- Jay

Seattle, WA -- Aug 7, 2019

Last nights election results were not what I had hoped for. It’s disappointing to work so hard and come up short. However, I got into this race to ensure that a true progressive voice articulated our values and our policy ideas for the people of District 6. In that fight, my work is not done. I am thrilled to support Dan Strauss, a great public servant and a dedicated progressive champion. To my campaign team, I can’t thank you enough for putting your life on hold to join me in doing this work. To all of you who volunteered for my campaign, hosted democracy voucher parties, and made contributions, I am deeply humbled by your faith in me. As my hero Hillary Clinton once said, “don’t let the bastards get you down”. I’m taking a couple days with my incredibly supportive partner, Evan, to regroup. Then you better believe I’ll be knocking doors before the general election to make sure Dan gets on the council. I hope you’ll join me. ... See MoreSee Less

CANDIDATESFacebookFollowers*LinkedInWebsite
Dan StraussYes600YesYes
Heidi WillsYes1100YesYes
RUNNERS-UP
Sergio GarciaYes800YesYes
Jay FathiYes550YesYes
Terry RiceYes335YesYes
Joey MassaYes212YesYes
Kate MartinYes175YesYes
Jon LisbinYes150YesYes
Melissa HallYes60YesYes
Jeremy CookNoNoYes
Robert MillerNoNoNo

Can YOU vote for Seattle City Council?

You probably already know whether or not you are allowed to vote for Seattle City Council.  If you are a registered King County voter residing in Seattle, then you should be good to go.  For most Seattle residents, the law requires simply that you be a US citizen (born or naturalized) and be at least 18 years old (by time of election on November 5, 2019).  If you qualify, but are not registered to vote, then DO IT HERE (it's free).

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