News Dear Dick Kelley, Stephanie Pure, Jim Street, & Bill Sherman
Whenever Eli Sanders writes an article on the race in the 43rd District, some of the candidates in the race always complain: “Why did you write about him or her and not me?” (There are 6 Democratic candidates running, and I think Linde Knighton is running on the Progressive Party ticket.)
I know all you guys are anxious to get press, but we write articles about candidates when they make news. The fact that you’re running isn’t news.
Eli wrote about Lynne Dodson this week because she, a straight lady, got a surprise endorsement from SEAMEC, a gay group that issues political endorsements. The gay endorsement is super important in the 43rd, which includes Capitol Hill and the Broadway Grill.
SEAMEC’s endorsement was surprising because there’s a gay candidate in the race, Jamie Pedersen, who’s promoting himself—at least in the full-page ad he took out in the 2006 Pride Festival Guide—to be “Our” voice in Olympia. “Our” meaning…the gay candidate. Pedersen also got SEAMEC’s endorsement, but he had to share it with Dodson. None of the other candidates were endorsed by the gays.
The fact that Pedersen, whose whopping bank account makes him something of a frontrunner*, didn’t get the sole endorsement from SEAMEC is surprising. When something surprising happens—like a gay frontrunner getting an underwhelming nod from a gay group—we’re going to write about it. The ‘It” was Lynne Dodson.
You want to be in the newspaper. Do something newsworthy.
Otherwise: We do an endorsement issue. As you all know, you’ve been scheduled to come in on July 26 at noon for an edit board interview. You’ll all get a fair hearing then (just ask Casey Corr), and for good or bad, you’ll be written up in our endorsement issue.
*While Pedersen has raised the most money, as Eli slogged earlier today, Dick Kelley has the most contributors.