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Friday, December 20, 2013

Bagshaw Will Run Downtown, Clark Will Run At-Large in First District City Council Elections

Posted by on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Or at least that's what they've put down on paper so far. It's still a ways off, but look who's filed to run in the primary for city council in 2015, the first year our new district elections system will be in place (per the city's Ethics and Elections Commission):

Council Position 7 (Downtown/Queen Anne/Magnolia): Sally Bagshaw

Council Position 9 (At Large): Sally Clark

Council Position Undesignated: Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Tom Rasmussen

And as of today, an outsider in West Seattle's District 1: Charles Redmond, a neighborhood/community activist and former chair of the city's neighborhood council, who tells the West Seattle Herald that he just filed today for a 2015 run. Not to be a dick, but a retirement-age white man isn't exactly the diverse new face that many supporters of district election systems are hoping for. No matter! Crap-tons of people will come out of the woodwork eventually, we're sure. And these folks above could still switch around if they wanted; they'll have till spring of 2015 to make a final decision. But they've also already banked money for these campaigns—Burgess $2,000, Clark $33,653, Harrell $50,337, and Rasmussen $44,906, according to the elections commission website.

I did put a quick word in to the council members who haven't filed yet—that's Nick Licata, Mike O'Brien, and Jean Godden—to ask if they've got plans. (I'm not asking Kshama Sawant before she's even sworn in this time, Jesus. But the gossip is that she hasn't decided.)

No word yet from Goldy on whether he'll run in 2015, either. But I wouldn't count on it, that insufferable chickenshit.


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Do they have to file before they can collect campaign contributions or something ? Two years away is a whole lot of advance notice for a position that is historically not even filled out on 15% of the ballots received.
Posted by ChefJoe on December 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 2
@1 I believe they need to delcare and make a committee before they can legally take money for the new cycle.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on December 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM · Report this
It's going to be interesting for at-large incumbents running in a district, all of whom (except Nick) opposed the creation of districts. They are going be telling voters: "Please elect me to an office I wish didn't exist."

I'd rather vote for someone who supports the new system, not someone who fought it.
Posted by Citizen R on December 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM · Report this
Ryan in the sky 4
@3 well, then you won't be voting for any candidates who are opposed to racial disinfranchisement. Yipee!
Posted by Ryan in the sky on December 20, 2013 at 7:43 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 5
@3 that will be a very awkward question in every forum.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on December 20, 2013 at 7:48 PM · Report this
@3 Except for Sally Clark, who will be running at large exactly like last time.
Posted by ChefJoe on December 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 7
A lot of people opposed the districts system for reasons other than being assholes. Goldy wrote against the districts system here.…
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on December 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM · Report this
@5 & 6, nothing is an awkward question for Clark, since she simply doesn't answer any question.
Posted by sarah70 on December 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM · Report this
Westlake, son! 9
No Sally Clark, stop. You're bad at your job. You need to find another way to make money that doesn't hurt the city you live in.
Posted by Westlake, son! on December 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 10
Clark's core concern, legislatively, has been the preservation of historic buildings and the clarification of land-zoning language.

You can see each Council Member's legislative record, indexed in each member's individual page. See the pulldown menu on the right, just below the header:
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on December 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM · Report this
@4 I wish we could grow beyond this bullshit about "racial disenfranchisement" under the new districts. Few things are more enfranchising than reducing the cost of entry into the political system.

Candidates will run effective campaigns in districts for a fraction of the cost of a similarly-effective citywide campaign. More facetime with voters, less dialing for dollars.

And no, gerrymandering to create more majority-minority districts guarantees nothing. The state did that for congressional district 9, and that district easily re-elected the white incumbent.

Voters approved districts overwhelmingly in all neighborhoods, both white and minority. Time to move on and make the new system work.
Posted by Citizen R on December 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM · Report this
districts won in all districts. districts won in all but 4 precincts. When the data is in you will find that a majority of minority voters supported districts; there's no other way it gets 66% and all but 4 precincts otherwise.

the continual harping on race is misguided. districts are pro minority because:
1. at large has zero majority minority districts. districts has one. this a gain of one.
2. the at large system was yielded fewer and fewer minorities. in prior years it had a few, lately, just one. or to be fair a half of one since really folks married to MS money and condo in Bellevue isn't exactly typical of minorities in SE Seattle is it.
3. at large system itself is driving minorities out of seattle since at large catering to developers and upper crusters and yuppie issues means ever increasing rents and home costs. minorities have been moving to south county. not due to districts. due to at large.
4. it's clear minorities do just great in districts in seattle -- look at state rep and state senate -- we just chose a new minority person in the 43d. he's going to win the election. we had a latina in the 46th for years. we have other minorities in districts in seattle.
5. frankly, white seattle voters aren't that racist since they voted overwhelmingly for Obama at 80 or 90 % levels in all of the districts in seattle plus voted for rice harris sims etc. etc. etc. locke etc.
6. here's a statement that if made by an employer about a job candidate would lead to a major civil rights discrimination lawsuit: "retirement-age white man isn't exactly the diverse new face that many supporters of district election systems are hoping for." How ageist and racist can you get? no backers of districts said ALL folks running under districts would be minorities. or that ALL would be young. What we said was MORE minorities and young could win and run and would run and win and when doing so would not need to cater to long lists of top dollar donors citywide as districts opens the door to more grass roots candidates, of which Chas Redmond certainly is one. Go smoke a joint with the guy at one of the music shows he puts on doing sound for rock bands before you slam him from a purely racist and ageist point of view -- he's younger at heart than many 25 year olds in seattle. he can probably walk faster than most of them too.
Posted by districts again on December 23, 2013 at 7:37 AM · Report this

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