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Old 11-04-2019, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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"The Seattle region has more of almost everything than it did just six years ago, when voters chose to elect City Council members by districts.

The area has added 135,000 homes, but has seen its population swell by 400,000. Homelessness has spiked by a third. Amazon’s workforce here has exploded from 13,000 to nearly 55,000. And the light-rail system meant to connect the region has inched ahead. It now spans 22 miles, with 94 more miles in the works.

In the run-up to Tuesday’s elections — the most expensive in Seattle history, thanks to record sums spent in the City Council’s district races — voters are wondering: Now that a historic boom has reshaped the region, to what extent should its politics be reshaped, too?

“Growth is on people’s minds, and that’s natural,” said Josh Brown, executive director at the Puget Sound Regional Council, a planning body. Homelessness and housing-cost challenges, aggravated by a surge in new residents without a commensurate increase in affordable housing, highlight almost every race and issue on Seattle-area ballots.

Link here: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...-its-politics/
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