Successful or not, the canvassing efforts that began Saturday give a look into what arguments both sides of the soda tax debate will make when the election draws near in Oregon's most populous county.
An Oregon initiative to ban taxes on the sale of food is primarily aimed at countering attempts to raise corporate taxes. But if it passed, it would also prevent a soda tax.
A campaign spokeswoman didn't provide a reason, but the coalition faced a prohibitive deadline and ambitious fundraising goals.
The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a new tax on soda and other sugary beverages as a way to raise millions for healthy food and education programs.