Dear Seattle Metro Chamber members:
"The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s preferred candidates all have won or are winning, with the exception of Pamela Banks (District 3), whom the group’s political arm endorsed against [Councilmember Kshama] Sawant. The Chamber, like urbanists, backed Move Seattle and supports the mayor’s housing agenda."
The latest election report from the Seattle Times sums it up: the Seattle Metro Chamber and our political affiliate, the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), had a big impact this year.
We elevated the voice of business in the political conversation like never before. The Chamber worked with broad coalitions to advance the Best Starts for Kids levy and the Let's Move Seattle levy, both of which are currently ahead. We’re thankful to voters for recognizing that all kids in King County need to succeed, and that people must be able to get around the city quickly, safely, and affordably.
I’d also like to recognize the tremendous work done by the executive committee of CASE and Markham McIntyre, its executive director. This year, CASE focused solely on the Seattle City Council races. Seattle often sets the tone for municipal policies in our state, and with all nine seats up for election, this year was an unprecedented opportunity to elect officials who reflect Seattle's shared values and are open to working with employers.
CASE and its partners raised over $500,000 to fund its efforts. The organization communicated positive messages about its endorsed candidates to voters, built partnerships with labor, including SEIU 775 and the firefighters, and worked with local leaders like King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.
All this hard work paid off: the latest returns show seven of the eight CASE-endorsed candidates leading in their races. In the District 3 race, Pamela Banks has made a strong showing. While it's too early to call many of the races, we're hopeful these results will hold.
These elections matter. I'm incredibly grateful to every Chamber member who stepped up to ensure that our region stays on a path that reflects Seattle's shared values and expands the circle of prosperity. Thank you for your support.
If you want to get involved with CASE or learn more about its activities, please contact Markham McIntyre.
President & CEO
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO