Voters casting ballots at the ballot box in front of Ballard Library

2021 Primary Candidates Talk to Ballard!

Ballard District Council and Ballard Alliance invited candidates for City Council, Mayor and City Attorney to submit video statements speaking directly to Ballard voters, to help inform your decisions for the August 3 summer primary election.

Click on the links below to hear from each candidate who responded.

King County Elections will begin mailing ballots to voters on July 16 and they are due back by Tuesday, August 3. The Ballard drop box is the busiest in the county! Please encourage other Ballardites to view and share these links. We will add more links if additional videos are submitted as July unfolds.

Mayoral candidates talk to Ballard …

City Council Position 8 candidates talk to Ballard …

City Council Position 9 candidates talk to Ballard …

City Attorney candidates talk to Ballard …

Key Issues & Themes 

Following are topics we included in our invitation to candidates, letting them know just a few of the things on Ballard voters’ radar …

  • Neighborhood growth – Ballard’s population continues to boom and Crown Hill is beginning a transformation with a major upzone. Housing affordability and displacement are ongoing concerns.
  • Public safety – Persistent property crime and street disorder, slow 911 responses, addiction and behavioral health needs.
  • Small businesses – Our corner of the city takes pride in the thriving variety of local independent stores, restaurants/bars/breweries, and service and trade businesses.
  • Homelessness – Ballard has become a hub of services and “best practice” solutions, yet there’s no coordinated, visible improvement of unsheltered homelessness and crisis response.
  • Industrial maritime – This unique engine in our local economy is a strong part of our history and our future, and needs engaged advocacy to continue thriving.
  • Transportation – We’ve got a long wait for Sound Transit to make it our way by the 2030s, Ballard Bridge needs repair/replacement, swaths of our neighborhood have zero bus service, and many desire safer bike/pedestrian infrastructure.

Fall Candidate Forums 

For those candidates who make it through the summer primary, we’ll be holding fall candidate forums in the Osberg Great Hall at the National Nordic Museum, in collaboration with Ballard Alliance.

  • 7pm Wednesday, Sept 22 — City Council Positions 8 & 9
  • 7pm Wednesday, Oct 13 — Mayor & City Attorney

The fall General Election is Tuesday, November 2.