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Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - Page updated at 10:58 a.m.

Interviewing candidates in Seattle mayor's race

We asked the candidates for Seattle mayor how they'd run the city. What would they do first, and what makes them ready for the job? What about youth violence? The bag fee? What has been Mayor Greg Nickels' biggest mistake, and what does he say he did wrong? The primary is Aug. 18. Check out their answers now.

Elizabeth Campbell

A Magnolia resident, she announced her candidacy after starting a petition drive to block plans for an Alaskan Way tunnel.

James Donaldson

Former Sonic and a pro-basketball player for 20 years; owner, Donaldson Fitness & Physical Therapy. Proposes an agenda more friendly to small business, and says he would cut the city budget by 10 percent per year.

Jan Drago

Seattle City Council member since 1994. A frequent ally of Mayor Greg Nickels on policy, she campaigns as the experienced alternative to the mayor. She says she would work more collaboratively with the City Council and regional leaders.

Kwame Garrett

Activist known for opposing the Urban League's plan for the Northwest African American Museum. He emphasizes issues relating to youth violence and his problems with the museum project.

Joe Mallahan

T-Mobile executive, who put $200,000 of his own money into the campaign. He says he can bring business sense to the office and do a better job of delivering basic city services.

Mike McGinn

Founder, Seattle Great City Initiative. He opposes replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel. Instead, he wants to rely on surface streets and improved transit.

Greg Nickels

Two-term incumbent mayor and, previously, a member of the King County Council. He says he's made mistakes but wants to return to office to continue work on environmental issues and to ensure that the light-rail expansion comes in on time and on budget.

Norman Sigler

Corporate recruiter and matchmaker. He says his background in budgeting would help trim unnecessary city costs.