We’re a workers' organization. the way we see it, when candidates run for mayor and city council, they're basically applying for a job working for us — the people they want to represent.
That's why we invited candidates to participate in our political engagement process by completing a ten-question job application. The questions were solicited from Working Washington members, and include at least a few which everyone probably recognizes from job interviews over the course of their working lives. (The questions are listed below.)
We encourage our supporters in Seattle to review the applications provided by the candidates for mayor, City Council Position 8, and City Council Position 9, then rate those applications. Ratings from Working Washington members will be considered as part of our endorsement process in those races in which we make endorsements.
Seattle Job Application Questions
1. What would you say is your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness?
2. What are the best & worst jobs you’ve ever had? Why?
3. Why is this position a good fit for you?
4. What makes you the best choice for workers in this race?
5. What do you think is the single biggest issue affecting workers in your area? What would you do to address it?
6. Describe a specific situation where you took action to support workers fighting for their rights. What was the experience like, and what did you learn? Bonus question: tell us about a time you engaged with workers with Working Washington.
7. What would be your top single priority if elected to this office? How would you define success or failure on this issue?
8. What can you do in this office to resist attacks by the Trump administration on the rights of low-wage workers, who are disproportionately women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ?
9. Tell us how you plan to address affordable housing, especially for minimum-wage and part-time workers, as well as for those left homeless because of high housing costs.
10. How would you support advancing the rights of workers in non-traditional jobs, including domestic workers and workers in the gig economy?