The Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), a political organization of local businesses sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, today released its endorsements for the 2017 election for Mayor of Seattle, King County Executive, and Seattle City Council.
CASE has endorsed the following candidates for the primary elections:
Mayor, City of Seattle: Jenny Durkan
King County Executive: Dow Constantine
Seattle City Council Position 8: Sara Nelson
Seattle City Council Position 9: Lorena González
“After careful consideration and a thorough interview process, we are confident that these candidates will be partners in our shared commitment to create an affordable, livable, and safe city and region,” said Markham McIntyre, executive director of CASE. “Thank you to all the candidates who participated in the process and sought our endorsement.”
Speaking to the Mayor’s race, McIntyre added, “We are proud to endorse Jenny Durkan. In a crowded field, she is a highly competent candidate who stands apart for her gravitas and ability to make tough decisions.”
“It is more critical than ever that we elect candidates who can tackle the difficult issues our city and region face today and into the future, while remaining committed to creating a Seattle metro area that works for everyone,” said Maud Daudon, president and CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber. “These candidates embody those ideals, and we are proud to support them.”
CASE endorsed candidates who demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for all Seattleites, particularly on four core issues:
- Traffic in and around Seattle is getting worse. CASE supports candidates who will prioritize reducing traffic congestion, improving transit, and helping move people and goods faster around the city.
- In Seattle’s neighborhoods, including downtown, homelessness is a major concern for residents, visitors, and local businesses. CASE supports candidates who support long-term systemic reforms to the City of Seattle and King County’s approach to the issue of homelessness. These reforms should reflect best practices to get more people out of homelessness and into permanent, stable housing, as outlined in the reports done by Barbara Poppe and Focus Strategies.
- Seattle is experiencing incredible prosperity, however some people are being left behind. CASE supports candidates who will help grow local businesses, expand family-wage jobs, and encourage building housing for people of all income levels.
- Seattle is rapidly growing and changing. CASE supports candidates who understand what makes Seattle great, and will uphold those values while continually striving to make Seattle the best city in the nation.
For more information about CASE, please contact its executive director, Markham McIntyre.