Bryan Johnson (KOMO News), with video of the full debate (56:52):
With just over a week until the election, the candidates for Seattle mayor faced off on KOMO, and the hot topic remains the Alaskan Way Viaduct and how the city will contribute to the pricey tunnel option.Howie P.S.: Although he wasn't specific, Mallahan did refer to his management experience and record of finding significant savings in his private sector career and promised to improve service delivery by allocating municipal resources with greater efficiency. Jim Brunner (Seattle Times) writes "McGinn and Mallahan duel over who can protect Seattle on tunnel costs." Dominic Holden (SLOG) is getting tired and grouchy on the campaign trail.
Both candidates said the things their supporters want to hear. The big questions are what do uncommitted Seattle voters want to hear, and did they hear it tonight?
The problem with debates, whether they are on TV or at a public forum, is that they're mostly about style.
The candidates didn't answer questions about where they would cut, or how they would pay for all the nice things, or even the necessary ones.