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Civic Cocktail - presented by Seattle Channel and Seattle CityClub - offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. 

Meet Your New City Councilmembers

Wed., February 5 | Doors at 5:30 p.m., Program at 6 p.m.
Palace Ballroom | 2100 5th Ave.
$28-32 | Register

Hear from Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star general that served more than three decades in the U.S. Army, during the first Civic Cocktail of 2020 on Feb. 5. McCaffrey also served as the former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for President Bill Clinton. These days, he serves as Military Analyst for NBC and MSNBC and also provides expert analysis for other networks. He'll join Civic Cocktail to share his opinions on a wide variety of issues, both foreign and domestic. 

And get up close and personal with the four newest members of the Seattle City Council: Tammy Morales (District 2), Alex Pedersen (District 4), Dan Strauss (District 6), and Andrew Lewis (District 7). Fresh from prevailing in 2019's historic Council elections, this is your chance to meet, hear from, and ask questions of our city's newest leaders.

Guest journalists include KING5's Chris Daniels.

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Civic Cocktail: City Council Election Analysis + How Voters Shape Seattle
Civic Cocktail: City Council Election Analysis + How Voters Shape Seattle

The Seattle City Council will have four new faces, and possibly more, once all the ballots are counted from the Nov. 5 general election. Political consultant Heather Weiner tells host Joni Balter, "When Amazon dropped $1.5 million into our local election... politics suddenly hit home for the people of Seattle." But, Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Marilyn Strickland says money has always been a part of politics. She adds, "...declaring victory is more about the work that's going to happen after the election is over." And two men who really know their numbers also weigh in. The Seattle Times' Gene Balk, author of the popular data-centric column FYI Guy, says some of the political tension in town may be due to a growing generation gap, as 3 out of 4 people moving here are millennials. Seattle pollster Stuart Elway's latest poll on the City Council left him with this topline conclusion: those he polled want to change the people in the Council chamber and elect new people to keep doing the same work the council's already been doing!