July 1, 2021 In the News

Seattle mayoral candidates debate gun violence, downtown recovery as race intensifies

“Seattle’s mayoral candidates are grappling with questions about gun violence and policing amid a spate of shootings, including shots fired at one candidate last weekend outside his home. And they’re debating how to help the city’s economy — downtown and elsewhere — recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The contenders also are sharpening their elbows as they jostle for position ahead of the Aug. 3 primary election, with only two weeks to go in the race before ballots are mailed to voters.

In a candidate forum Tuesday sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, former City Council President Bruce Harrell said he would, if elected mayor, create a Cabinet position to coordinate anti-gun-violence efforts. Asked whether they would also, M. Lorena González, Jessyn Farrell, Colleen Echohawk and Andrew Grant Houston each said yes.”

Read the full story by Daniel Beekman and Paul Roberts in the Seattle Times.