This is an important election year for Seattle with competitive races for Mayor and the two city-side City Council seats. We all know the extreme challenges we’ve had for the past almost two years with the Covid pandemic lumped on top of major homelessness, racial equity, and policing issues. When it comes to public spaces, we’ve seen homeless encampments take over many parks, green spaces, and playfields with little or no recourse from the City. The candidates offer stark differences when it comes to restoring safe public access to our public spaces. Candidates Bruce Harrell (Mayor), Sara Nelson (Council District 9), and Kenneth Wilson (Council District 8) have all stated that if elected they will immediately work to return public spaces, such as playfields and neighborhood parks, to public use and their intended purposes. Candidates Lorena Gonzalez (Mayor), Nikkita Oliver (Council District 9), and Teresa Mosqueda (Council District 8) have all stated that their priorities will focus on providing for the homeless that have taken over many of our public spaces and that Seattle citizens will have to sacrifice full public access until the homeless are adequately housed. If you’re voting for playfields, the choices are obvious.
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