I am running for a seat on Seattle's City Council to promote by-District elections.
Too often, especially recently, Seattle's City Council fails to resolve some of the City's most pressing problems. This is largely because it is not organized to be accountable to the people of Seattle. All of its members are elected
"at-large," which means every representative has responsibility for the whole City, but no one representative is responsible for any specific part of Seattle.
Other cities solve this problem by electing City Council Members by District. In our city, this would mean, for example, one advocate for the Central District; another advocate for West Seattle; and similar representation for Magnolia, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and all the other areas of the City.
I am running for the express purpose of changing the City Council's structure to 7 by-District Council Members, and 2 at-large Council Members, so all citizens in this City have someone to represent them.
Here's the future with by-District representation:
1) Council Members would actually live in the Districts they represent.
2) Important local issues would rise to debate at City Hall, because community issues
would have built-in advocates on the City Council.
3) Direct representation for every citizen. Did you know our neighborhoods are actually better represented in the U.S. Congress (where Seattle has three Representatives), than in our own City Council where no neighborhood has a designated representative?
4) Less costly campaigns, so "regular citizens" can afford to run for office. Instead of campaigning City-wide, prospective candidates will campaign in one District, spending about 1/7 of what it currently costs to campaign.
5) Seattle will have a City Council that is more interested in getting things done than in "not rocking the boat," because getting things done will be the ticket to re-election.
6) Every citizen will have a City Council Member to call their own -- a place to take community problems and to work out solutions.
For citizens who love this City but are disappointed in the leadership of important issues like transportation, public safety and neighborhoods, by-District representation is a critically important part of the solution. Your vote for me is a referendum for by-District representation that will send a powerful message to Seattle's City Council. It works for other cities, and it makes sense for Seattle.
Please vote for me, Jay Sauceda in the primary election on Tuesday, September 18th 2001.