Date: Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Time: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Fee: Free
Address: 2031 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
Location: Amazon Meeting Center
Phone: 206-363-9188
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This is your chance to meet with the candidates on your ballot. This pre-primary non-partisan event will include candidates for city councils, county councils, judges, and more.

Community partners will be on hand to help you update your voter registration, learn how to run for office yourself, and spread the word about Census 2020.

Candidates running for King County Council, Seattle City Council, King County Superior Court, King County Appeals Court, Seattle School Board, and more will be invited. All candidates for each race are invited; this is a non-partisan event and attendance at this event should not be considered an endorsement in any form by any participating organization or individual. Candidates in attendance will be listed as they confirm.

Appetizers and refreshments will be generously provided by our sponsors at Amazon and glamazon. There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required.

Candidates and Elected Officials Confirmed (as of July 10):

King County Assessor
John Wilson

King County Council
2 - Larry Gossett, Girmay Zahilay
4 - Abigail Doerr, Jeanne Kohl-Welles
8 - Joe McDermott, Michael Robert Neher

Snohomish County Council
2 - Alex Lark

Port of Seattle Commission
2 - Kelly Charlton, Sam Cho, Grant Degginger, Nina Martinez, Ali Scego, Preeti Shridhar
5 - Fred Felleman, Jordan Lemmon

Mayor of Renton
Marcie Maxwell

Bellevue City Council
7 - James Bible

Kenmore City Council
7 - Corina Pfeil

Seattle School Board
1 - Liza Rankin
3 - Chandra Hampson, Benjamin Leis, Rebeca Muñiz
6 - Crystal Liston, Molly Mitchell

Seattle City Council
1 - Lisa Herbold, Brendan Kolding, Phil Tavel
2 - Ari Hoffman, Tammy Morales, Chris Peguero, Phyllis Porter, Omari Tahir-Garrett
3 - Logan Bowers, Zachary DeWolf, Pat Murakami, Ami Nguyen, Egan Orion, Kshama Sawant
4 - Sasha Anderson, Frank Krueger, Beth Mountsier, Emily Myers, Joshua Newman, Alex Pedersen, Heidi Stuber, Cathy Tuttle
6 - Jay Fathi, Segio García, Melissa Hall, Kate Martin, Joey Massa, Ed Pottharst, Terry Rice, Heidi Wills, campaign of Dan Strauss
7- Gene Burrus, James Donaldson, Michael George, Don Harper, Isabelle Kerner, Jim Pugel, Jason Williams

Judicial Races
Court of Appeals, Div 1, Dist 1 -  John Chun

Community Partners

ADL Seattle
Entre Hermanos
Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center
Gender Justice League
Ingersoll Gender Center
Lavender Rights Project
Legal Voice
LGBTQ Allyship
LGBTQ Victory Fund
National Women's Political Caucus of Washington
Pride Foundation
OutRight Action International
QLaw Association of Washington
Seattle CityClub
TRANSform Washington
UTOPIA Seattle


The Amazon Meeting Center is centrally located and easily accessible by public transportation, including King County Metro, Link Light Rail, and Seattle's streetcar network.

There is also ample free parking from 4pm to 2am available in the Amazon Doppler garage, with entry on 6th Avenue and also on Lenora Street between 6th and 7th avenues.

All guests in Amazon's buildings must present a valid government-issued photo ID upon arrival to be issued a guest pass. Please note that no one will be admitted to the building without photo ID. If your preferred name does not match your ID, please contact GSBA staff and we will ensure you have seamless access to the event.

Be Prepared

Make the most out of your Civic Engagement Reception experience! Learn which district you live in, which candidates you will be choosing from, and what issues are most important to you for that position. Bring notes on your phone or on an index card to remind yourself who you want to speak with and what questions you want to ask.

Are you nervous about approaching candidates? Bring a friend with you so you can reinforce your points.


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Event Sponsors benefit from prominent exposure to more than 15,000 businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. To learn about how GSBA can help you achieve your promotional goals, contact Amy Burdick at (206) 363-9188.

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