I've been so impressed by the questions voters ask me when I knock on their doors. Voters in our city clearly care about SeaTac and want to make informed decisions about our community leaders.
One theme that has come up is questions about the election and campaign processes themselves. The questions below are ones I and other candidates have received a lot. If you'd like any clarification on what's below, please call or text me anytime on my cell phone: 360-797-5778.
Candidates keep saying their signs are getting stolen. Is that really happening?
Possibly, but what's much more likely to be happening is: The city's amazing public works crew has to take signs down to perform routine maintenance and landscaping on medians and street corners, wind is blowing them over, or they have been accidentally placed on private property without permission.
To be clear, every single candidate, no matter their views, has had signs disappear. This is a common occurrence due to the situations stated above.
I've gotten calls and/or texts from candidates. Is that allowed?
Yes! When you register to vote, you provide your address and phone number. Voter registration is public, and any candidate can use your contact information to try to reach you directly. You are under no obligation to answer, of course. In Washington state, calls and texts to cell phone numbers are not allowed to use "robo" software.
If you get a text from a volunteer or from the candidate themselves, they themselves should have actually clicked the "send" button and are eagerly waiting for your reply.
How do endorsements work? Some candidates have endorsements from people or groups who aren't based in SeaTac; why is that?
Individuals and organizations endorse candidates to express their belief that the candidate is the best person for the position for which they are running. Candidates often publicize endorsements they've received as a way of helping voters to understand the candidate's values and priorities, and to build trust. Endorsements don't mean that the candidate and endorser will agree on everything! But they do mean that they share the same general values and goals for the community.
Typically, candidates publicize endorsements by individuals who are running for, currently hold, or used to hold an office of equal or higher status than the one for which they are running. (For example, someone running for county council might seek endorsement from the governor, but the governor would likely not seek endorsement from someone at the county council level.) Therefore, SeaTac City Council candidates might have endorsements from current or former SeaTac City Councilmembers, but they might also have endorsements from current or former county council members, state representatives, state senators, and more. The support of these officials at higher levels can be very meaningful, because they have the context of what the county, region, or state needs as a whole and how SeaTac can fit into that vision.
Organizations that offer endorsement usually have a rigorous process for the candidate to go through, including a detailed questionnaire and an interview with their members and/or staff. If you see that an organization you trust and support has endorsed a candidate, you can know that they have done their due diligence.
Many opposing candidates in these races have made claims about one other. Where can I learn the truth at the center of these allegations?
The best way to learn the truth is to go to the source. Some good places to start include: