Friday, June 10, 2011

There's always an election somewhere…

…and hereabouts we'll be electing a variety of boards, commissions and councils this year. It's filing week, and so far the biggest wrinkle seems to be a challenge to Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton, who has already racked up an impressive list of Democratic Party endorsements, including the County Central Committee, from Michael Wolfe, executive director of Washington Ceasefire and an officer of the 37th District Democrats.

Three council seats will be on the ballot in my fair city. So far, incumbent Chris Eggen is unchallenged, while former Councilmember Janet Way has filed to challenge incumbent Doris McConnell. The third seat is open, with Councilmember Terry Scott stepping away, and a two way race between former city Planning Commissioner Robin McClelland and attorney Jesse Solomon, who is a public defender representing indigent clients, is shaping up. Way and Solomon have already secured the endorsement of the local Democratic organization.

It's something of a surprise to me that the three Shoreline School District seats that will appear on the ballot have so far drawn only one candidate between them, but filing doesn't close for a few hours and I'm sure the roster will fill out by then.

Any local filing news of note in your locality?

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Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Three people are running against Jean Gooden, for her position on the Seattle City Council. Anyone of them would be better.

It's a tough contest, as to who's more out of touch with the reality of the Average Working Stiff, amongst the Seattle City Council. Jean is tied with Tom Rasmussen, another clueless nonentity; the latter is running unopposed, last heard.

I run into people who are upset with the council, such as my pal Gorgo (real name) the Aussie contractor who wants to save Sand Point for non-profits. But none of those who want change, and really listen to regular people, can afford the money to run for city council - at least, $60-to-$75,000 in Seattle. So we get people who, to borrow a phrase from the late Hunter S. Thompson, are such hacks, they should be put into a bottle and tossed out to sea with the Japanese current.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Seattle City Councilman Tom Rasmussen indeed now has a challenger; can't recall his name (never heard it before and the paper mentioning it is no longer around).

The Stranger, writing about the race, asked, "Who's more homosexual?" Count on The Stranger to trivialize any election.

10:13 PM  

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