To win elections and get things done requires political maneuvering from inside and out of the seats of power. Just after a critical midterm election, leaders and political consultants from both sides of the aisle join Civic Cocktail to talk about how Democrats and Republicans play the political game and what it takes to win. Elected officials describe what it’s like to run a race and govern in these turbulent times – and how our democracy might survive (and thrive) despite our differences.


Segment 1 – Local elected officials reflect on running for office and governing

Segment 2 – Political consultants discuss Democratic and Republican campaign strategies

  • Crystal Fincher, Democratic Political Consultant, Founder & Principal at Fincher Consulting, LLC
  • Alex Hays, Republican Political Consultant, Principal at AB HAYS


About Civic Cocktail

Civic Cocktail connects elected and community leaders with the public for lively conversations about important issues facing our region. Whether you’re new to the Pacific Northwest, a self-described “civic nerd,” or looking to meet people engaged in their communities, your evening at this beloved program is sure to be friendly, fun, and fascinating. Civic Cocktail’s welcoming and conversational tone is inspired by our Dialogue Across Differences initiative. We hope you can join in person, where the conversation happens over tasty bites and festive libations, but you can still enjoy the experience wherever you are by watching virtually.

More Event Information

  • This event is filmed for both livestream and recording.
  • Doors open at 5:30 pm at Town Hall
  • Formal program begins at 6:00 pm (for both virtual and in-person audiences).
  • There will be an approximately 15 minute break between the first and second segment.
  • Attendees will be able to submit questions via their smartphones during the event.

About Seattle CityClub

Seattle CityClub is a 40-year-old nonpartisan, civics-focused nonprofit, providing a platform for insightful and educational conversations that include a diverse range of perspectives.

About Crosscut is a nonprofit, publicly supported newsroom. It is part of Cascade Public Media, which also owns and operates KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS station. Cascade Public Media serves the Pacific Northwest and its mission is to inspire a smarter world by committing to exceptional public television programming and local public interest journalism.

Covid-19 guidelines

We will adhere to our venue’s current policies on Covid-19. Please check reminder emails for the latest updated requirements before attending in person .