The Seattle Metro Chamber and its political affiliate, the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), had a big impact on local elections this year, and the results point to progress on building sustainable, shared prosperity in our region.
Seattle Metro Chamber president and CEO Maud Daudon noted, "We’re thankful to voters for recognizing the importance of making sure that all kids in King County can get the best start in life, as well as the urgency of making vital investments in Seattle’s transportation system."
The Chamber endorsed King County's Best Starts for Kids levy,a bipartisan, evidence-based measure that will fund proven programs, deliver real, measurable benefits, and create lasting change to help children succeed and fill the jobs that local employers need. The organization also endorsed the Let's Move Seattle levy, which will make Seattle's transportation system safer and less congested, and will increase resources available to take care of what we have. Both measures did well at the ballot, garnering 56 percent of the vote and 59 percent of the vote, respectively.
This year also marked the first time that the Seattle City Council was elected through the new district system, creating an unprecedented opportunity to shape the next Council. CASE, the Chamber's political affiliate, focused solely on the Seattle City Council races and endorsed candidates who reflected Seattle’s values and demonstrated a willingness to work with the business community on solving our city’s toughest challenges—including housing affordability and ensuring that Seattle remains a place where everyone can thrive.
Markham McIntyre, executive director of CASE, stated, "The business community stepped up like never before. We're pleased that voters supported experienced officials such as Tim Burgess, Sally Bagshaw, and Bruce Harrell, as well as new leaders like Lorena González, Rob Johnson, and Debora Juarez.”
The Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE) endorsed the following candidates:
- District 1: Shannon Braddock
- District 2: Bruce Harrell
- District 3: Pamela Banks
- District 4: Rob Johnson
- District 5: Debora Juarez
- District 6: No endorsement
- District 7: Sally Bagshaw
- Position 8: Tim Burgess
- Position 9: Lorena González