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Friday, January 18, 2013

Holy Crap! Another Candidate for Mayor!

Posted by on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

A man named David Ishii—not to be confused with the deceased bookseller by the same name—called Wednesday to say he is running for mayor, which would make him the eighth candidate in the race. A call to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission confirms that, yup, Ishii is running. But among a cast of titans heading to the ballot—Council Member Tim Burgess, Council Member Bruce Harrell, former councilman Peter Steinbrueck, state senator Ed Murray, and of course the guy who's currently mayor, Mike McGinn—Ishii is set to be, shall we say, a long shot candidate.

Still, here are a four reasons to love David Ishii:

1. His campaign website is called, featuring an animated elephant that bounds across the screen while farting a cloud that reads "Happy Valentines Day." Totally genius. Just go read some of the text: "free flowing traffic education trade talent full bennies .......CHA CHING Purdy seattle .......purdy clean ! !!." Also on his website, when you cursor over the head of the pencil, well—just go put your cursor on the head of the pencil.

2. He's got an interesting platform. "I am very serious about fighting crime, drugs, corruption, racketeering," says the self-described poet. "Round them all up."

3. He doesn't have the money to pay the filing fee in May, which is $1,800, and doubts he can gather the 1,800 signatures that could alternatively be submitted to make the ballot. "Do you think The Stranger can help come up with the $1,800 or part of it," he asked me, a broke reporter sitting in a frigid newsroom where staff members are, as we speak, discussing lighting trash fires for warmth. But maybe we could start a pool?

4. He kinda gets it. "I am quite the character," says Ishii. "I really stand out because I am quite eccentric. It will be entertaining. If anything, I'll make this race really interesting."

David Ishii for mayor!


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How in the hello did you get him off the line, Holden? Hot dog, we have a weiner. I'm writing in Richard Peterson for mayor.
Posted by 4Geezy on January 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 11
@5--I'm changing my name to Boy George Washington.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on January 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Rule 1 regarding characters: Anyone who has to tell you he is one, isn't.
Posted by Rick A. on January 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Banned on The Seattle Times 9
Sounds like a wiener!
Posted by Banned on The Seattle Times on January 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM · Report this
Any relation to Paul Ishii, the GM at the Mayflower?
Posted by T Pitchford on January 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM · Report this
I feel this must be placed here:…
Posted by Sean on January 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM · Report this
@5: Like Ron Sims?
Posted by J.R. on January 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
I am looking forward to when someone else with a famous name runs, just for the polling bump of name recognition.

In large candidacy primaries, a famous name could make a big difference.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM · Report this
Simply Me 4
Penny from heaven...
Posted by Simply Me on January 18, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this
The_Shaved_Bear 3
Someone should tell Mr. Ishii about kickstarter.
Posted by The_Shaved_Bear on January 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Pick1 2
Wow, this plus the desperate donation letter from Public Advocate have really made my day.

I'm going to be laughing all day now
Posted by Pick1 on January 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM · Report this
Fnarf 1
Um, 100% of the people voting for him are going to be confusing him for the bookseller, one of the great Seattle icons of the last century. This guy? Not so much.
Posted by Fnarf on January 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM · Report this

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