Politics Seattle Times Endorses Sherman
The last big endorsement in the hot 43rd District house race dropped today, and it falls in Bill Sherman’s favor.
Says the Seattle Times editorial board:
Sherman is a bright new entrant to elective politics who brings a very promising résumé and set of skills.
The challenge in the 43rd goes beyond finding someone who can capably represent voters living in the district. All six could do that. The bigger question is who also can work best with lawmakers of a variety of political stripes in Olympia.
Sherman has the right mix of temperament, attitude and résumé.
I read that last line, by the way, as a swipe at either Stephanie Pure or Dick Kelley (or both). They’re the only candidates in this race who have a notably different temperament than the others (meaning: they’re angry liberals, in a way that can be grating or invigorating, depending on the audience), and Pure is definitely the one with the thinnest résumé.
In any case, Sherman now has three very impressive endorsements: The Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters, and the Seattle Times.
Is it enough to lift him above the name ID that Jim Street has among older voters (and the endorsement Street received from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer)? And equally important: Is it enough to lift him above the well-funded and Ed-Murray-endorsed Jamie Pedersen?
We’ll find out in less than two weeks. In the meantime, if you live in the 43rd, expect even more mailers: From Pedersen, who told me he’s rushing out a mailer to tout his recent Murray endorsement, and from Sherman, who would be a fool not to boast about today’s nod from the Times.
And for those keeping score, here’s where the candidates now stand in terms of major endorsements:
Jamie Pedersen: Endorsed by State Rep. Ed Murray, Equal Rights Washington (the state-wide gay rights lobbying group), The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee, and the Stonewall Democrats.
Dick Kelley: Endorsed by the King County Democratic Party.
Lynne Dodson: Endorsed by the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee and the Washington State Labor Council.