Politics Velazquez Closes In On Harrell
posted by July 17 at 12:03 PMon
Venus Velazquez, who had been trailing behind opponent Bruce Harrell in fundraising for City Council Position 3 (retiring CM Peter Steinbrueck’s seat), saw a substantial funding boost in the last six weeks, according to records filed with the city’s Ethics and Elections Commission. Since the end of May, Velazquez has raised $29,716; Harrell, the other leading contender for the open seat, has raised $24,078. Velazquez’s better-than-usual numbers close the funding gap between her campaign and Harrell’s from $23,102 to $17,644—a feat that’s more impressive than it sounds, given that Harrell has the support of Seattle’s developer and business establishment, including the Chamber of Commerce’s political arm, the Alki Foundation; the Seattle/ King County Association of Realtors; and the Rental Housing Association of Washington. Velazquez, meanwhile, has the endorsements of several labor groups, the Washington State Women’s Political Caucus, Steinbrueck, and three local Democratic districts (one of which is a dual endorsement with Harrell.) The 43rd District Democrats will meet tonight to make their picks in city and county races; I’ll report on what they decide tomorrow.