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Monday, January 7, 2013

Let's Just Say that Ron Sims Is Running for Mayor

Posted by on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The former King County executive hasn't said he's running for mayor—rumors just keep swirling that he may jump in the jam-packed race. But let's say he is. Let's say he is and he's telegraphing some of his platform in an interview published Friday in Grist:

Q. If you could push one policy initiative in the next two to four years to make a difference for America’s cities, what would it be?

A. Chronic unemployment — that’s gonna be really important. Dealing with climate change and adaptation from an urban level is gonna be critically important. I’d probably choose those two first. There’s ways to implement both: If a city’s going to adapt, it’s gonna rebuild itself or redesign itself.

These look like challenges that are overwhelming. They’re not. They’re opportunities — opportunities to be smarter than ever. And urban mayors, urban electeds, people living in urban areas, and the business community in those urban areas are gonna have to be out of their silos, talking about common visions and purposes, and driving the change. I think we can do that.

So that's what Mr. Sims thinks American mayors ought to be doing. Interesting.

Still, I don't know that Sims wants to get into this messy election. He's defined himself as something of an elder statesman and social media maven; competing in what's shaping up to be a mayoral mud fight among titans may tarnish his sterling aura. On the other hand, if Sims does jump in, he could cobble together a few natural constituencies. Housing providers, social-service organizations, communities of color, environmentalists, transit advocates, and others may gravitate toward Sims, seeing him as the candidate most likely to fund their work. As the most experienced executive in the race, Sims could also been seen by established money (lawyers, labor, developers, etc.) as a tried-and-true, steady hand for the city tiller. But, for now, Sims isn't saying he's running for mayor. He's just talking about what mayors ought to do.


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Will in Seattle 1
I thought there were 12 candidates?
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Why don't you call him and ask? It's not "reporting" to read a website and speculate about what someone else's story means.
Posted by Mister G on January 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Teslick 3
Y'all still think McGinn is going to survive the primary?
Posted by Teslick on January 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Ron Sims a transit advocate??? This is the guy who turned against Link light rail and opposed Sound Transit's 2008 ballot measure to expand the system.

At his root level, Ron is a legislative personality, not an executive. He was not a good fit as County Executive and I doubt he would be any better as Seattle Mayor. Better to wait go for a seat in Congress next year.
Posted by Citizen R on January 7, 2013 at 12:39 PM · Report this
"Chronic unemployment — that’s gonna be really important. Dealing with climate change and adaptation from an urban level is gonna be critically important. I’d probably choose those two first. "

Great, Seattle has relatively low unemployment and gets most of its power is from hydro.

What other brilliant ideas does Ro'n Sims have as Mayor of Seattle? Cure malaria? End world poverty? Moon colony?

If would be nice if he just had a plan just to fix some fucking pot holes.
Posted by Empty Shirt for mayor! on January 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
I really can't deal with all these people who'd have my vote if running by themselves (with the exception of Tim Burgess) suddenly glutting a single spot in the ballot, because it forces me to choose among a bunch of people I like and, in addition, I can't bear the thought of all these well-respected public servants resorting to the back-stabbing blood sport of traditional gladiator politics.

As of now, McGuinn has my vote, but I'll see who ends playing like the more noble warrior.
Posted by floater on January 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 7
@2) Oh, heavens, a political writer is speculating on the chances of a potential candidate. Get the smelling salts! (And I did email him, FWIW, but I don't have anything to report.)
Posted by Dominic Holden on January 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
Heck, lots of good candidates running for Mayor, but McGinn still has my vote.

Got Snow?
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 9
Sims says that class riots are unavoidable. I'm not sure what to make of that.

Coming from a would-be elected official, it seems he should focus on potential solutions, not scary prognosticating.
Posted by kitschnsync on January 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
Mayors don't say "gonna". They say "going to".
Posted by Max Solomon on January 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 11
The fun speculation with each entrant is wondering who won't survive the primary. I don't see McGinn or Burgess surviving a Sims entry.

Sims stays out: Burgess versus Murray in the final. Murray by 5.

Sims joins in: Sims versus Murray in the final. Sims by 2.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on January 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Ro'n Sims calling on black folk to 'burn the morherfucker down' is just a crowd pleaser and vote catcher. No need to be alarmed. If you're long term unemployed in Seattle, you probably couldnt even get a job in Cuba.
Posted by Do'nald D'uck on January 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM · Report this
@11, I notice you don't mention Steinbrueck, which seems logical because a Sims entry would just elbow him out of the way.

@10, Sims says "gonna" because he's a verbal guy, not a presentation guy.
Posted by sarah70 on January 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Oh PLEASE no! Why Ron Sims? what's he done that is so wonderful? Do we really want to hear recycled, worn out stories about his children being born and listen to that so-predictable cadence and have inappropriate hugs? We've had more than enough of Ron Sims - and don't do the "he's got executive experience" thing. Exactly!! Which is why millions and millions went down a rathole instead of a new computer system and why we're paying for Brightwater when it wasn't even needed - and then there's the question of why he didn't last long in the Obama administration . . .

Please no.
Posted by Fluffy on January 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM · Report this
@4 Yup. And fuck him for that.
Posted by giffy on January 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM · Report this

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