Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay

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Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay

SEATTLE (JUNE 19, 2017) – The Seattle restaurant and hotel community has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for city council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city attorney in the coming election.

Seattle Hospitality for Progress is the political arm of the Seattle Hotel Association and Seattle Restaurant Alliance that represents more than 2,500 restaurants and 60 hotels.

The selected candidates best understand the issues the hospitality community faces, said Shannon Sheron, co-chair of Seattle Hospitality for Progress, general manager, Motif Seattle, and the president of the Seattle Hotel Association.

“These three candidates are the partners our community and city most need,” Sheron said. “They not only understand the daily challenges of our diverse and changing city, but they offer practical solutions and real-world experience that make them our clear choices.”

With many candidates to choose from in the mayor’s race, Durkan was selected because of her focus on identifying positive, productive outcomes for the community as a whole, said Linda Morton, co-chair of Seattle Hospitality for Progress, board member of the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and co-owner of Terra Plata.

“Seattle works best when we come together,” Morton said. “We are confident Jenny Durkan will use the Mayor’s Office to effectively collaborate with all stakeholders and identify solutions that work for everyone. She rose to the top because of her investment in the vitality of our local economy and the community.”


About Seattle Hospitality for Progress
Seattle Hospitality for Progress seeks to educate candidates on issues facing the hospitality community and endorses and supports candidates for office in the city of Seattle. It represents the diverse restaurant and hotel sectors of Seattle’s economy, which represents more than 2,500 restaurants and 60 hotels. Seattle Hospitality for Progress invited all candidates for office in the city of Seattle to participate in its 2017 endorsement process.

About the Seattle Restaurant Alliance
The Seattle Restaurant Alliance ( is a voice for Seattle restaurants. Its mission is to develop an active network of restaurant owners, operators and managers focused on the issues that impact the Seattle restaurant community. It strives to be a resource to fellow restaurateurs and of value to the community, create a healthy and sustainable business environment, operate responsibility and ethically and help employees and the community prosper.

About the Seattle Hotel Association
The Seattle Hotel Association ( is a nonprofit, voluntary organization comprised of more than 60 member hotels located in the city of Seattle. The Seattle Hotel Association works to promote the economic well-being of the hospitality industry in Seattle. It supports strategies that encourage job creation in tourism and other industries, as well as a safe and clean city environment for residents, workers and tourists alike.


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