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Seattle Mayor's Race Debate Features Eight Candidates Ahead Of Primary

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.

The debate featured questions on transportation, public safety, police accountability, coal trains and legalized marijuana. All nine candidates were invited to take part in the discussion that was moderated by Enrique Cerna of KCTS 9 and Joni Balter, Seattle Times assistant political editor. Only candidate Mary Martin was not able to attend.

Earlier this week, KUOW's Deborah Wang reported from the contentious CityClub of Seattle debate on Tuesday.  The evening started with fireworks when candidate Kate Martin was escorted from the stage. CityClub had not extended an invitation for her to take part in the debate and instead chose five of the nine mayoral candidates that were determined to be “most viable,” according to executive director Diane Douglas.

The tension continued through the debate with bickering and accusations flying. Balter moderated the CityClub event as well.

KUOW also interviewed all nine candidates during midday programming this week. You can listen to them and follow the coverage of the mayor's race and others at our elections page.

A Selection Of Tweets From Last Night's Debate