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Roundup of 2023 primary endorsements from transportation advocacy orgs – UPDATED

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Your ballot for the August 1 primary election should have arrived in the mail, or should arrive very soon. Eligible voters have until July 24 to register or update your address online. After that date, voters will need to register in person at a voting center.

Every Seattle City Council district seat is up for election this year, and the new Council will be tasked with sending voters a transportation funding measure in 2024. This is a very important election for steering the next decade of transportation policy and investment, so don’t snooze on it.

Want to know which candidates will (hopefully) be good for safe streets, bicycling and transit? Below is a roundup of endorsements from Washington Bikes (WB), Transportation for Washington (T4W), the Transit Riders Union (TRU), and The Urbanist (URB). Washington Bikes also published a Seattle City Council “candidate scorecard” based on responses to their candidate questionnaire if you want to get a quick idea of how candidates in your district stand on issues like bike lanes on arterial streets. The Urbanist also published candidate questionnaires they received. I will also include video of transportation-focused candidate forums if you want to hear candidates speak to these issues themselves.


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UPDATE: An earlier version of this post left out WA Bikes endorsements beyond Seattle. I have added them below. I apologize for missing them.

Seattle City Council District 1

Maren Costa – TRU, URB

Seattle City Council District 2

Tammy Morales – WB, TRU, URB

Seattle City Council District 3

Andrew Ashiofu – TRU

Alex Hudson – T4W, URB

Seattle City Council District 4

Ron Davis – TRU, URB

Seattle City Council District 5

Nilu Jenks – URB

Tye Reed – TRU

Seattle City Council District 6

Dan Strauss – URB

Seattle City Council District 7

Andrew Lewis – WB, URB

King County Council District 2

Girmay Zahilay – WB, T4W, TRU

King County Council District 4

Becka John Poppe – URB

Sarah Reyneveld – TRU

King County Council District 6

Claudia Balducci – WB, T4W

King County Council District 8

Teresa Mosqueda – WB, TRU, URB

Port of Seattle Seat 5

Fred Felleman – WB, URB

Bainbridge Island Council District 4

Leslie Schneider – WB

Bellevue City Council District 1

John Stokes – WB

Bellevue City Council District 4

Janice Zahn – WB

Bellevue City Council District 5

Janice Zahn – T4W

Bothell Council Position 2

Mason Thompson – WB

Bothell Council Position 6

Amanda Dodd – WB

Burien Council Position 2

Cydney Moore – TRU

Edmonds Council Position 6

Susan Paine – WB

Issaquah Council Position 6

Victoria Hunt – TRU

Kenmore Council Position 7

Corina Pfeil – TRU

Kirkland Council Position 2

Kelli Curtis – WB, TRU

Kirkland Council Position 6

Amy Falcone – WB

Mercer Island City Council District 1

Dave Rosenbaum – T4W

Mercer Island City Council District 3

Wendy Weiker – T4W

Mercer Island City Council District 5

Craig Reynolds – WB, T4W

Redmond Council Position 3

Jessica Forsythe – WB

Redmond Council Position 5

Vanessa Kritzer – WB

Redmond Mayor

Angela Birney – T4W

Renton Council Position 4

Ryan McIrvin – WB

Sammamish City Council District 7

Pam Stuart – T4W

Tacoma City Council District 8

Kristina Walker – WB, T4W

Tukwila Mayor

Kate Kruller – WB


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6 responses to “Roundup of 2023 primary endorsements from transportation advocacy orgs – UPDATED”

  1. Daigoro Toyama

    I would like to know why Washington Bikes has not endorsed any candidate for District 5.

    1. Lee Lambert

      Washington bikes only gives primary endorsements to incumbents with a demonstrable record of supporting and leading efforts to make their communities safer and more accessible by bike. Washington Bikes will make a second round of endorsements after the primary election. They have published a score card for all candidates in running in Seattle https://wabikes.org/index.php/2023/07/06/seattle-voters-elect-morales-and-lewis-see-our-bike-policy-scorecard/

      1. Daigoro Toyama

        Thanks. Just curious, do you happen to be the Lee Lambart of Cascade?

      2. Daigoro Toyama

        Typo: “Lee Lambert of Cascade”…

  2. Paul Tolme

    Seattle District 3 voters: It’s glaringly noticeable that Joy Hollingsworth who has been endorsed by the mayor and seems to be the favored establishment candidate did not answer Yes to the much-needed Eastlake protected bike lanes project. It would be great to hear from candidate Hollingsworth about why. The Eastlake Community Council is shockingly opposed to the project that would improve both the safety and economy of Eastlake by making its business district more user friendly and easier to reach by bike. Hollingworth went so far as to adopt the Community Council’s language that Eastlake is a neighborhood not a corridor. That framing is 180 degrees off the mark. Eastlake is currently a car corridor that is dangerous to people on bikes, and adding the protected bike lanes will turn it from a corridor into a more thriving neighborhood. As it stands, Hollingsworth is the only District 3 candidate that I won’t vote for in the primary. Sad, because Hollingworth has a great record of community action–but in this case I suspect the anti-bike lane businesses have gotten her ear. Eastlake residents and District 3 voters should let Hollingworth and the Eastlake Community Council know that the Eastlake protected bike lanes are a top Seattle transportation priority. See the WA Bikes scorecard here: https://wabikes.org/index.php/2023/07/06/seattle-voters-elect-morales-and-lewis-see-our-bike-policy-scorecard/

    1. Paul Tolme

      Here is the Eastlake bike lanes (part of the Rapid Ride J Line project) question asked of D3 candidates:

      D3 (Cap Hill, Central District, Leschi, Eastlake): The long-planned Rapid Ride J Line will increase transit access for north Seattle residents and include a full multi-modal rebuild of Eastlake Ave, with new sidewalks and protected bike lanes that fill a key gap in the Seattle bike network. The project is coming due for construction and is funded in part by Federal Transit Administration dollars. Do you support the Rapid Ride J Line project as scoped, including protected bike lanes along Eastlake Avenue?

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