Meet the Seattle City Council Districts

As the results of the last elections are analyzed, some familiar patterns appear. One is the Seattle donut – the city’s outer ring of waterfront neighborhoods vote one way, the interior sections go another. In 2013, the outer ring went for Ed Murray and Richard Conlin, the inland city for Mike McGinn and Kshama Sawant.

It’s simplistic, but the donut can reveal a candidate’s base and be the difference maker in whether a politician can make inroads on their opponent’s turf or maximize the vote on their own ground. Murray, for example, was aided in the mayor’s race by splitting off some of McGinn’s Capitol Hill constituency, and Sawant received intense support in neighborhoods from Rainier Valley to inner Ballard.

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