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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

This Summer’s City Council Races

posted by on June 13 at 17:10 PM

The winnowing down primary is August 21.

The City Council is non-partisan and non-district, so the winnowing down process is just about kicking random people out of random races until voters are left with two random candidates (usually including the random incumbent) that’ll face off in November.

ECB and I published a candidate primer in this week’s issue to inaugurate the municipal campaign season.

We tallied money raised (Tom Rasmussen raised the most); cited curious expenditures (we left out that Tom Rasmussen’s customized M&Ms said “Tom 4 Seattle” and “Tom 2007”); and noted interesting donors (Money Tree for Venus Velazquez?) We also gave thumb nail bios.

There’ll be a lot more coverage to come, including heavy Slog time for the “also-rans” that got short shrift in today’s wrap up.

Meanwhile, here’s some of ECB’s earlier coverage:
Sally Clark; a general round-up, including Tim Burgess; and Bruce Harrell and Venus Velazquez.

Also stay tuned to Erica’s column as she’ll be tracking the races there too.

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Hmmm. Already decided Venus Velazquez will stir up city council and make it more like our city - and maybe give them some spine.

But interesting other comments ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 13, 2007 5:13 PM
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The at-large system doesn't work. We need Council members who are directly responsible to the neighborhoods. I'm sick of this shit.

Posted by demolator | June 13, 2007 5:18 PM
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Since when do we have primaries in August?

Posted by Tiffany | June 13, 2007 6:06 PM
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You guys should totally interview that cranky old fireman guy.

Posted by Sean | June 13, 2007 6:46 PM
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Well, technically, we have primaries in July, since that's when most of us vote Absentee, but they announce the results in August.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 13, 2007 9:14 PM
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Does anybody know who this Bruce Harrell guy is? Has he done anything other than help corporate fat cats just get fatter? And wasn't his former law partner the guy who just got busted for brawling in court?!

Posted by APIgrrl | June 13, 2007 10:24 PM
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Does anybody know who this Bruce Harrell guy is? Has he done anything other than help corporate fat cats just get fatter? And wasn't his former law partner the guy who just got busted for brawling in court?!

Posted by APIgrrl | June 13, 2007 10:24 PM
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There's apparently a lot of dirt out there on Harrell.

You just have to know where to look. ;)

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 13, 2007 11:03 PM
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I'm not sure what Venus would add to the current city council. She strikes me as an activist-type with no management experience and no history of bringing people together. I want to learn more about her, but I have concerns any candidate who only has experience pounding the drum. I've heard both Venus and Bruce speak--and leaning towards Bruce at this time.

Posted by Activist | June 14, 2007 10:44 AM
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Personally, I am profoundly disappointed by this year's crop of new council candidates - Venus is as divisive a person as we've had run for council - to put it mildly, she's not a people person (and that Money Tree gift really turns me off), Bruce seems to be a typical Seattle empty suit.

And as I've said before, someone better should be running against David "I'm not man enough to take the Chair of the Energy Committee" Della. Sigh....

Posted by Willis | June 14, 2007 11:02 AM

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