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You asked for it: Excerpts from PSARA candidate questionnaires

This year the PSARA Government Relations Committee decided to try something new. PSARA does not have an endorsement process but we wanted to help inform our members about candidates in local races and their political positions. We developed four questions and asked the candidates to answer them so we could share their responses with our members. The offices we were concerned about this year were: King County Executive, King County Council, Seattle Mayor, and Seattle City Council.

The four questions we asked were:

1) Transit

A) What are the three most important steps you would take to provide a safe, efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly transportation system for all our residents?

B) PSARA is a member of the Seattle Transit Riders Union. Do you support the goal of a low income transit fare comparable to the existing senior fare and how would you fund such a fare?

Please provide a ONE SENTENCE explanation of your answer.

2) Low Income Housing

What do you see as the most important step the City of Seattle (King County) should take in the next two years to assure more low income housing for Seattle residents and Seattle seniors?

3) Police accountability

What do you see as the most important next step the City of Seattle (King County) should take to ensure that our police force is accountable to the public and uses fair and equitable policing practices?

4) Campaign Finance

Do you support public funding of campaigns for city (county) offices (yes or no)? Please provide a one sentence statement of your support or opposition that you would be proud to use in advocating your position.

Only eight candidates chose to respond to our questionnaire, possibly because it would not lead to an endorsement. We thank the eight who did respond for understanding that our members are very interested in their answers and we do vote.

The eight who responded are:

Alan E. Lobdell, King County Executive candidate

Shari Song, King County Council District 9 candidate

Ed Murray and Mike McGinn, Seattle Mayoral candidates

Richard Conlin, Seattle Council position 2 candidate

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle Council Position 4 candidate

Nick Licata, Seattle Council Position 6 candidate

Albert Shen, Seattle Council Position 8 candidate

We are including just a small sample of their answers here, but please go to our website, http://psara.org/ to view their entire responses. 

Alan E. Lobdell, King County Executive candidate 

Transit 

Due to the Puget Sound area being about 40 years behind in transportation there are no safe, efficient affordable ways for residents to travel. Also, there won’t be for a long time with the priorities set the way they are in King County. Government regulations from the State and County have bottled up all transportation projects so that they are obsolete before they ever get built. The one thing I will do is work to remove as many government regulations as possible so that we can get moving on the systems we need.

Shari Song, King County Council District 9 candidate 

Transit 

…I will do everything I can to convince the legislature to pass a transportation package that provides new funding for roads and infrastructure, avoids cuts to Metro service, and gives King County local control over our own funding to increase flexibility and options in the future.

Ed Murray, Seattle Mayoral candidate 

Transit 

…As Mayor, I will implement the Move Seattle strategy. This is a master plan that will bring order to our currently siloed and often conflicting approaches to transit and transportation. Move Seattle will integrate and prioritize our existing bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and freight plans…. Second, I will secure new, reliable sources of funding…

Mike McGinn, Seattle Mayoral candidate 

Transit 

High capacity transit planning has been a major priority for my administration. Even as City Council was adopting the Transit Master Plan in 2012, we were moving forward on planning efforts for a downtown to Ballard rail route with Sound Transit, seeking (and receiving) funding…

Richard Conlin, Seattle Council Position 2 candidate 

Transit 

…While it is a laudable goal, administering such a fare (low income transit fare) would be difficult at best. It could work if a number of cities came to the table to support this action. The current system of providing ride tickets through human services agencies works well, and expanding that option may be a better direction to go.

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle Council Position 4 candidate 

Transit 

…Metro needs our help in implementing a more reliable and effective revenue system that isn’t so reliant on sales tax dollars funding our bus service. I have been working closely with King County officials to lobby the Legislature to allow King County the option to raise more revenue. If we don’t get a local option to raise revenues dedicated to transit, Metro will have to cut another 600,000 hours of service beginning in 2015. This is absolutely unacceptable….

Nick Licata, Seattle Council Position 6 candidate 

Transit 

…The goal of public transit is to provide safe and accessible transportation to everyone; the creation of a reduced fare for low income individuals supports and furthers this goal.

Albert Shen, Seattle Council Position 8 candidate 

Transit 

Advocate for a real grade separated mass transit system that moves all people quickly and efficiently. We have a broken transportation plan that is composed of many different modes of transportation but not an overall integrated plan that layers our transportation from mass transit to buses and other options such as taxis/application based car services….

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