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2021 Mayoral Endorsement

Helping our members and voters make more informed decisions at the ballot.

Why We Conducted an Endorsement Process

The election of the next mayor of Seattle comes at a pivotal time for the city, as leaders and residents alike grapple with the ongoing COVID pandemic, burgeoning economic recovery, the homelessness crisis, and entrenched racial inequities.

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is a non-profit trade association comprised of over 1,000 member companies, ranging from hundreds of small startups to a few dozen multinational corporations. A large share of our members are based in Seattle, and their employees live and work throughout the city. The tech sector has played a leading role in building the vibrant economy in Seattle, as well as bolstering and empowering communities through the pandemic. In this context, WTIA engaged in a comprehensive endorsement process to shed light on mayoral candidates’ ability to power Seattle into a vibrant hub for innovation that enables all residents to participate in the tech sector equally.

WTIA Endorses Bruce Harrell

WTIA is endorsing Bruce Harrell for the next Mayor of Seattle. Bruce is a leader with a proven ability to work constructively with City Council and bring coalitions together at a time when both are critical to move Seattle forward. He imparts a vision of a more equitable and vibrant city, with a plan to tackle key challenges – from the homelessness crisis to economic revitalization. He also recognizes the important role that the innovative sector has played in Seattle’s economic growth and job creation, and will act as a partner to improve the business environment and work with the tech sector on shared goals. Bruce Harrell is the best candidate to lead Seattle at this pivotal juncture.

We are deeply appreciative of all the candidates who participated in this process. The meetings generated rich discussion on the challenges facing the city and how the tech sector can partner with an incoming mayor on key priorities. While our endorsement is unequivocal for Bruce, it is worth noting that Casey Sixkiller has experience working in the Mayor’s Office and is committed to improving the business environment. Colleen Echohawk brings experience and passion to the crisis of homelessness in the city, as well as a consultative approach to improving the business environment. Jessyn Farrell has a crisp policy vision for Seattle and a keen ability to build coalitions around shared priorities.

WTIA looks forward to working with the next elected mayor to build a robust, inclusive, and equity-centered economy that empowers thriving communities.

Endorsement

The questionnaires for all candidates who completed them are posted on our website. The campaigns for Andrew Grant Houston and Don Rivers campaigns acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire but did not further engage in the endorsement process. Henry Dennison and Omari Tahir-Garrett did not respond to the outreach.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by their first name.

The following candidates completed questionnaires but were not invited to participate
in an interview.

About the Process

The endorsement process was conducted over an eight-week period. WTIA reached out to all of the registered candidates and invited them to participate in the endorsement process and complete a standard questionnaire on their priorities and vision if elected mayor. We then invited the top seven candidates to participate in an hour-long interview with members of our Board and Policy Steering Committee, where we asked each candidate the same set of questions and alloted time for them to ask questions of our interview committee.

The questionnaires for all candidates who completed them are posted on our website. The campaigns for Andrew Grant Houston and Don Rivers campaigns acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire but did not further engage in the endorsement process. Henry Dennison and Omari Tahir-Garrett did not respond to the outreach.

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