What González and Harrell’s council votes say about their mayoral bids

Among those seven votes, most were relatively obscure measures unlikely to influence anyone’s ballot this November. One related to moorage in Leschi, another involved the city’s waste management contract and a third dealt with monitoring vacant buildings.

But two of the votes related to the essential issues of the current race for Seattle mayor: homelessness and taxation. The split on these measures between González and Harrell — and their subsequent justifications of their decisions — offer clues into how their philosophies on government differ.

Harrell’s vision of government is one that partners with private businesses and philanthropic organizations, mining them for expertise and, as he’s pledged to do on the

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