Candidates for Seattle Mayor offer solutions, differences in KOMO NewsRadio mayoral forum
SEATTLE - Seattle's next mayor will have to tackle some major problems that face the city including homelessness, affordable housing, and transportation.
Friday afternoon, candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon squared off on KOMO NewsRadio.
Both offered their solutions on how to tackle the homeless crisis in Seattle.
“We need to help people experiencing homelessness get back inside by greatly expanding tiny house villages, sanctioned encampments, low-barrier shelters, helping the shelters we have now turn into 24-hour shelters,” said Moon.
“That means getting more short-term emergency shelter as quickly as we can. I have proposed two ways to do that to get over 1000 beds online quickly,” said Durkan.
Finding affordable housing is an issue that impacts thousands of people in the Seattle region.
According to Zillow, the median home price in the right now is $660,000.
Moon and Durkan have different thoughts on what the city should do in the time it takes to build more units.
“We have to stop this activity that is escalating prices so quickly,” said Moon.
She said she wants to prevent outside investors from buying second or third homes and turning them into rental properties.
Durkan said she wants to do more to protect affordable housing.
“I'd like to go to landlords and say. 'keep rents low, we'll keep property taxes low.'"
Durkan also has another proposal.
“I have proposed to put rental vouchers in the hands of people,” she said.
When it comes to transportation, both candidates say they want more transit and to speed up the ST3 timeline.
But, when it comes to solving the transportation problem, they explain how they’ll do it better than their opponent.
“I have a professional background in this. I have been working on solutions that have been blocked by political will,” said Moon. “I know how to work with consultants, with SDOT.”
“I have the better plans to get us to where we want to get. Whether it’s ST3, better bus systems, better mobility with pedestrian mobility,” said Durkan.
Click here to listen to the full forum from KOMO NewsRadio.