The Seattle political campaign for Mayor is one of the most contentious and interesting in many years. There are policy differences among the candidates, genuine differences in priorities, and disagreements about effective leadership. Should the Mayor keep his job? If not, why not? If not the Mayor, then who?
When the Director of the Central Area Senior Center (CASC), Cynthia Andrews, suggested that PSARA and the CASC jointly sponsor a 2013 Mayoral forum, we quickly agreed to the idea. A consistent relationship has existed between the CASC and PSARA. Our Executive Board meets at the Center ten times a year. Will Parry served on the Board of the Center for several years and helped to raise the dollars necessary to assure the survival of the Center when they were facing difficult financial times.
But we have never jointly sponsored a program. We welcome this opportunity.
King County Council Chair, Larry Gossett will moderate the forum. The vast majority of mayoral candidates have agreed to participate. The Center and PSARA are working jointly on the questions that will be asked of the candidates.
On Friday, July 19th, the doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The Center will provide a soul food lunch at $3 for people 60 and over and $6 for people under 60. The forum starts at noon until 1:30 p.m.
The primary ballots are to be mailed on July 14th. Responses by the candidates to our questions will be fresh in our minds when we vote. We urge PSARA members to join us for PSARA’s first ever Mayoral forum!