Seattle Hotel Association endorses candidates in upcoming City Council elections.

Seattle Hotel Association endorses candidates in upcoming City Council elections.

SigningBallotEnvelope-002-750px-optimized (Oct. 16, 2015) Under the new districting system approved by Seattle voters in 2013, every Seattle City Council seat is up for election this November. The outcome of these council races, which are all expected to be very close, will have an impact on hospitality businesses in Seattle. If you are a Seattle voter, don’t forget to vote in this important general election! And in deciding on how to vote, support our industry by following the endorsements made by the Seattle Hotel Association and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance.

SHA and the SRA have been working together for more than a year on the elections. Together they are supporting candidates who have made a commitment to learn about the economic challenges facing the hospitality businesses and are willing to engage with the hospitality industry. After an extensive candidate evaluation process, the two organizations endorsed the following candidates:

District 1 (West Seattle): Shannon Braddock

District 2 (Southeast Seattle): Bruce Harrell

District 3 (Central Seattle and Capitol Hill): Pamela Banks

District 4 (University District): Rob Johnson

District 5 (North Seattle): Debora Juarez

District 6 (Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake and Crown Hill): Catherine Weatbrook

District 7 (Downtown, Magnolia and Queen Anne): Sally Bagshaw

At-Large, Position 8: Tim Burgess

Many of these candidates will need help with last minute election efforts such as door-belling, phone banking and fundraising. We encourage you to engage in these efforts! They are great opportunities to meet and talk with the candidates about the issues important to you and your business. Candidate contact information can be found on their individual websites.

King County ballots were mailed on October 13 and must be postmarked or returned to a ballot box by November 3. If you do not receive your ballot by October 20, call King County Elections at 206.296.8683. Click here for ballot box locations.

If you are in Seattle, help elect the candidates that have the hospitality community’s best interests in mind. Don’t forget to vote!

For more information on candidates endorsed by SHA and SRA and their districts, click here to view our candidate map. For more information or questions, contact Morgan Hickel at