Seattle Times Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire

Basic Questions

What is your full name?

Gregory Michael Hamilton

What is your age?

52

What neighborhood do you live in?

Greenlake

What is your occupation?

Small business owner

Describe your immediate family/household (spouse, children, etc.)?

Engaged to my fiancé Madison

Do you rent or own your home? If you own, when were you last a renter?

Rent

How long have you lived in Seattle?

I was born and raised in Seattle and have lived here on and off for 52 years.

Describe your education

Ongoing!

What is your primary mode of transportation?

Automobile

Who is your favorite Seattleite past or present?

JP Patches

Favorite musician or music group?

MÖTORHEAD

Quick Questions

Would rent regulation help Seattle?

No

Has the city been evicting people from unauthorized homeless encampments too much, too little or just the right amount?

Too little

Should the city open more authorized homeless encampments?

No

Should Seattle assess impact fees on developers?

Yes

Do you approve of the city’s new first-come, first-served rule for rental applicants?

No

Should the city adopt an income tax on high earners?

No

Should the city adopt a head tax on businesses?

No

Do you approve of the city’s new sugary-drinks tax?

No

Should meetings of task forces convened by the mayor be open to the public?

Sometimes

Should Seattle mandate paid parental leave in the private sector?

No

Should Seattle create municipal broadband?

No

Policies and plans

Which city department or office should first have its budget cut, if any?

Any that don’t perform.

Which city department or office should first having its budget increased, if any?

Fire and Police

Would you retain Kathleen O’Toole as police chief?

No

Should the city continue to grow its number of police officers?

Yes

Where should a new sports/entertainment arena be built?

Sodo

Should King County move ahead with its existing plan to build a new juvenile courthouse and detention center in Seattle?

Yes

Should Seattle and King County open a safe-injection site in the city?

No

Issues

How would you help Seattleites better afford housing and halt displacement?

We need to rezone and develop on our schedule, and to our benefit, not that of major corporations. We need to use incentives that work to get major landowners and developers to want to help us solve this problem, and they do want to help.

Do you support the city’s existing Mandatory Housing Affordability upzones plan, and why?

Nothing the current administration has done has been shown to work. We are worse off than four years ago. I would scrap it and start over without the ideology.

Would you allow denser housing in zones now reserved for single-family homes (beyond the city’s plan to allow more and larger mother-in-law units and backyard cottages), and why? If so, what would your plan look like?

I think denser housing should only be done near major thoroughfares to help us retain as much of our community culture as possible. I do not want to see the fundamental nature of our neighborhoods changed. We need to look at rezoning underutilized light industrial and commercial areas that are no longer serving their intended purposes.

Is the approximately $60 million Seattle will spend on homeless services this year too little, too much or just the right amount, and why?

There is no amount we can spend, when it is spent wrong. The last 30 Million doubled the problem, why would doing the same thing at double the rate be expected to work? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result. Our city leadership is insane on the subjects of homelessness, crime, heroin, etc.

Would you build a new North Precinct police station, and why? If so, what would your plan look like?

I would first talk to the men and women of SPD and make sure we are building what they need, not what some disconnected politician thinks we need. We need infrastructure for today, and for the future. I would ensure we are getting the facilities we need and we are spending appropriately.

What is the most important public-safety challenge facing Seattle, and how would you solve it?

We have been, by the Mayor’s policy, creating a very unsafe city for our people – all of our people. We need to enforce our laws. If we don’t, we get what we currently have: horribly high rates of property crime, heroin use, vagrancy, etc. We can solve that by enforcing the law.

Is it possible to make getting around easier before new light-rail stations open in 2021? How would you address congestion, and should the city try to make driving easier or more difficult?

Our traffic disaster has been the result of fifty years of bad decision-making. It won’t be easily solved, nor will it be solved in a year or two. We need more parking, more lanes, and more busses. We need to reevaluate the bad decisions made by the last few mayors. We need a SDOT committed to fixing the problem, not committed to an ideology.

How, if at all, would you change how Seattleites are taxed, and why?

We don’t need more taxes; we need city leaders with financial responsibility. The current leaders are drunk on power and have no respect for the citizens’ tax dollars.

What else would you like voters to know about you and what you would do as mayor?

For far too long, Seattle has been run by corrupt politicians who serve only the interests of themselves, their donors, and special interest groups. People whose policies have not only failed to move us forward, they have pushed us back. The divide between the rich and the poor continues to grow in Seattle. And even with the highest minimum wage in the country, the American dream is one that has become out of reach to all but the city’s wealthiest individuals.

Seattle has the third highest homeless population, the fourth worst traffic, and the highest rent in the nation. Our leaders solutions to those issues? More of the same – more taxes, and more of the same failed policies. Seattle needs a leader who will represent all of the people, not just a chosen few. A leader who will cut wasteful spending. A leader who will work with other proven leaders in the community to solve our common problems, regardless of party. A leader who will unite us, rather than divide us. A leader who has real solutions to housing, homelessness, and traffic. A leader who will enforce our laws, and make our streets safe again. I am that leader.