Politics This Year’s Local Races: By the Numbers
posted by May 19 at 18:20 PMon
The latest statewide political fundraising numbers are out, and they include a few surprises and an intriguing hint or two about the political future of some of the region’s political leaders.
Surprise One: Despite arguing vociferously for a spending cap at the (hotly contested) 46th District Democrats’ nominating convention, former anti-Hanford activist Gerry Pollet is actually outraising his “establishment” opponent, Scott White—so called because he used to chair the 46th District Dems and has the endorsement of most elected officials in the city. Last month, Pollet raised $8,000 to White’s $6,300, leaving Pollet (with around $11,000) less than $5,000 shy of the $15,800 White has on hand. (Less surprisingly, well-funded business candidate Reuven Carlyle continued to clobber his opponent, John Burbank, in the 36th, raising $25,000 in April to Burbank’s $6,600. Burbank, also not surprisingly, has also called for a spending cap)
King County Council member Larry Phillips, rumored to be mulling a challenge to King County Executive Ron Sims, has more than $135,000 on hand. If Phillips does run, the incumbent has a lot of catching up to do—Sims has just $16,000 in the bank, and he didn’t raise a single penny in April. Meanwhile, King County Council member Bob Ferguson, also rumored to be considering a run for County Exec, has just $8,000 on hand.
On the local front, neither of the Seattle City Council members who are reportedly planning to retire this year—Richard McIver or Jan Drago—have raised any money to speak of, and Nick Licata, about whose plans nobody is certain, has just over $11,000 in the bank. While Richard Conlin, rumored to be considering a run against Mayor Greg Nickels, has a paltry $14,800, Tom Rasmussen, another potential contender, has $109,000 on hand.
(Thanks to JR for crunching the data).