Plus: A Seattleite was announced as Team USA’s flag bearer.
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🗳 Your guide to the August 3 primary

Plus: A Seattleite was announced as Team USA’s flag bearer.

By Grace Madigan

Hello there, it’s Thursday.

In Olympic news — Seattle’s own Sue Bird was announced as Team USA’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony this Friday. Bird will be joined by baseball player Eddy Alvarez. This will mark only the second time a U.S. basketball player will have carried the flag for Team USA. 

If the US women’s basketball team were to win gold, Bird and her teammate Diana Taurasi, will each have five gold medals — the most gold medals won in women’s basketball history. 

Today we’ve got a special guide to the primary election for you. We’ll take a look at the different races on the ballot for the August 3 primary and break it all down so you don’t have to. 

Also, our Instagram series “Have a drink with” returns with Special Olympics Washington CEO David Wu. Tune in to our conversation over on our Instagram page at 4 p.m.

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🗳 2021 Primary Election Guide

It’s time for another primary for November’s general election! 

By now you should have received your ballot in the mail for the August 3 primary. If you haven’t, you can get a replacement ballot or envelope here or register to vote online here before next Monday, July 26. 

The state of Washington uses a top-two primary system which means regardless of party affiliation — all of these races are nonpartisan — the two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election in November. 

We couldn’t fit all the races in this newsletter so be sure to check out the full guide over on our website. (Also of note: We did not list every single candidate running for each position, we provided only the names of the frontrunners.)


The lowdown: After serving just one term, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan announced she would not seek reelection. In her statement, Durkan said she wanted to focus solely on doing her job this last year rather than trying to also run a campaign. Durkan’s four years have been defined by a global pandemic, a summer of protest calling for the defunding of SPD, and the removal of the encampments of unhoused Seattlites. 

Based on a poll by the Northwest Progressive Institute, Bruce Harrell was the most favored of the candidates with Lorena González coming in second. The Seattle Times Editorial Board has endorsed Bruce Harrell and The Stranger endorsed Lorena González.

Extra reading: 


The lowdown: State senator Joe Nguyen (D-West Seattle) presents Dow Constantine with his first real challenge in his 12 years in office as King County Executive. Nguyen volunteered for Constantine’s campaign in 2009 and is presenting himself as the more progressive candidate. Nguyen has voiced his support for free public transit, a wealth tax on the county’s richest, and shutting down the new youth jail. 

Constantine has earned endorsements from Gov. Jay Inslee as well as previous governors, Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke. He also won the endorsement of many of Nguyen’s colleagues in the state legislature including Rep. My-Linh Thai (D-Newcastle) who Nguyen has worked closely with. Nguyen on the other hand has been endorsed by Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle) and The Stranger. 

Further reading: 

  • State Sen. Joe Nguyen’s close colleagues endorse his opponent in King County executive race (Real Change News)
  • For the first time in years, there are two serious candidates for King County executive (The Seattle Times)
  • Joe Nguyen challenges 12-year incumbent for King County Executive (International Examiner)


The lowdown: Incumbent, Pete Holmes, faces two challengers who appear to be making this race a lot tighter than expected. Both Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and Ann Davison filed for candidacy at the last minute, before Holmes was running unopposed. 

People seem to be split amongst the three candidates. The latest poll from the Northwest Progressive Institute shows Holmes with just 16% of people they surveyed, saying they plan to vote for him. Thomas-Kennedy and Davison each had 14% of the respondents indicate a preference for them. This is similarly reflected by the endorsements won by each candidate. The Seattle Times chose Davison, while The Stranger endorsed Thomas-Kennedy.

Extra reading:

  • A three-way race for Seattle City Attorney: Pete Holmes barely ahead of two challengers (NW Progressive)
  • The Times recommends: Ann Davison for Seattle city attorney (The Seattle Times)
  • Nicole Thomas-Kennedy Vows Not to Prosecute Almost All Misdemeanors (The Stranger)


The lowdown: The three candidates to fill the position that Lorena González is leaving in her bid for mayor come from diverse backgrounds. Representing the business side of things is Sara Nelson the co-owner of Fremont Brewing, Nikkita Oliver a grassroots activist and lawyer, and Brianna Thomas who was chief of staff to González. Out of the three Oliver has raised the most money, with over half coming from democracy vouchers. 

The Seattle Times has endorsed Nelson while The Stranger, as expected, chose Oliver. ProPublica, however, endorsed Thomas.

Extra reading:

  • Primary race for Seattle City Council’s Position 9 features Nikkita Oliver, Brianna Thomas and Sara Nelson (The Seattle Times)
  • Seattle City Council Pos. 9 candidates square off in forum over homelessness, the environment, and defunding SPD (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)
  • Compromise? It's the question at heart of Seattle council election (Crosscut)

Candidates with an asterisk by their name indicate they are the incumbent for that particular race. Find the complete endorsement guide for The Seattle Times here and for The Stranger here. And don't forget to read our full guide which includes the Seattle school board races, King County proposition, and the second city council race on our website.

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🏘️  Join us for our final installment of ‘Inside Plymouth Housing,’ a three-part series webinar exploring how permanent supportive housing ends homelessness (Online )

💐  Come make a beautiful floral arrangement and learn how to make the most of your bouquets!(Capitol Hill )

📖  Join Elliott Bay Book Company for a conversation with Nobuko Miyamoto about her new "Not Yo' Butterfly" (Online)

🎨  Join a workshop with Designing in Color, envisioning how to create beautiful work with equity(Online )


🥧  Master the art of the pie crust with this baking class (Online)

🎧  Catch local hip-hop duo, KnowMads, at Barboza (Capitol Hill)


🍷 Learn how to pair summer wines and summer bites with wine educator Reggie Daigneault.(Shoreline)


👐  Get, give, and gather at this community "Free Store" pop-up(Fremont)


📣  Hear the story of Siggi B. Wilzig’s journey from Auschwitz to Wall Street (Online)


🍹  Come learn the tips and tricks of how to make your own delicious fruit shrub for refreshing drinks all year long!(Capitol Hill)

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One more thing …

Yesterday’s newsletter mentioned the Mecca Cafe in our blurb about old Seattle restaurants still open for business. A reader brought to my attention that the Mecca Cafe changed hands in 2019 and is currently owned by David Meinert — who was accused of sexual misconduct and rape in 2018. Meinert is a prominent figure in Seattle’s nightlife scene and previously had a stake in Lost Lake Cafe and The Comet Tavern. He never faced charges for the allegations.

I regret that I forgot Meinert was attached to the Mecca Cafe and that I mentioned it in yesterday’s newsletter. That said, there are numerous other historic restaurants in the city to support like Ivar’s, The Blue Moon Tavern, and Tai Tung.

See ya today at 4 p.m. over on our Instagram or right back here tomorrow!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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