Business is getting more active in Seattle Council elections

May 15, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is raising funds in hopes of electing business-friendly candidates in this Fall’s City Council elections.

The Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), the chamber’s political action committee, plans to support moderate candidates in hopes of capturing some of the seven council seats up for election in November. The council has nine total members.

The chamber’s campaign follows last year’s controversial approval and eventual repeal of a “head tax” that would have charged companies based on the size of their payrolls. Progressive council members said they wanted to raise the funds to combat Seattle’s growing homeless problem.

But the business community resisted with support from Amazon and council members repealed the tax.

A Seattle Times article last weekend explained more about how the chamber is gearing up to try to replace some of the council’s progressive majority with more moderate, business-friendly members. Subscribers can read it here.