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Bellevue City Council Candidates Forum Recap - September BDA Breakfast

September 30, 2019 - by Augusta DeVries

Category What's Happening

Thank you to all who attended last Tuesday's Bellevue City Council Candidates Forum at the September BDA Breakfast. Attendees heard from eight candidates running for four seats on the Bellevue City Council. Kim Malcolm, host of KUOW’s All Things Considered, moderated the hour-long forum, giving each candidate equal time for opening and closing remarks, as well as the opportunity to address five questions.

Questions for the candidates included:

  • What is your top priority for Downtown Bellevue? For Bellevue? And what is your top priority for the Region?
  • Housing is becoming increasingly more expensive. How do you plan to respond to Bellevue's rapid growth and make Bellevue more equitable for the workforce supporting its economy?
  • What is your position on prioritizing transportation investments? 
  • How do you define Bellevue's identity and do you think it will change in the next ten years? 
  • What is your guiding personal "mantra" that helps you make tough decisions? 

The forum was recorded and can be viewed online through BTV on the City's YouTube Channel. 

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Themes emerged around building effective partnerships, balancing growth with neighborhood sustainability, equity and access to our city, transportation and mobility solutions, and shaping Bellevue's identity in an ever-changing, diverse city. Candidates shared their leadership mantras and spoke openly and honestly about Bellevue's future. It was a well attended program and a lively discussion. 

Key Dates for King County Elections:

  • Ballots will be mailed October 16, 2019
  • Ballot drop boxes open October 17, 2019 (Find your nearest drop box
  • The last day to register and vote in person November 5, 2019 

We encourage you to review the candidates and be sure to vote this November.