Seattle Peoples Party hosts general election face-off

Moderator Nikkita Oliver (left) welcomes mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan (top row), and City Council Pos. 8 candidates Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant (second row) to The Peoples Party’s debate on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (Nikkita Oliver, Seattle Globalist file photo. Other photos, courtesy the campaigns.)

This Sunday, Seattle Peoples Party member, activist and educator Nikkita Oliver will moderate a debate in two contentious city-wide races — the one between two of her former mayoral opponents, Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan, and the one between City Council Pos. 8 hopefuls, Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda.

The event starts at 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 29 at the Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave S. in Seattle. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The two mayoral candidates have been making multiple forum rounds this past week, including on Rainier Valley Radio and at a forum moderated by KING 5 and KUOW.

And despite placing third in the mayoral primary — which featured 21 candidates —  Oliver’s candidacy and platform continue to influence the race for Seattle’s top seat. Oliver herself has repeatedly eschewed pressure from local media outlets to endorse either Durkan or Moon in November’s runoff ballot.

Mosqueda and Grant have been locked in an endorsement battle of their own. After The Seattle Times announced its endorsement for Grant, Mosqueda responded in an open letter which criticized the newspaper’s language as minimizing her accomplishments and experience. The letter has since been co-signed by more than 300 women.

More information about Sunday’s event can be found on the debate’s Facebook event page.

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