2 more join Seattle mayor’s race; other high-profile battles scarce
The filing deadline for King County’s Aug. 6 election closed Friday. Here’s a look at some of the significant local races.
Seattle Times staff reporters
The filing deadline for King County’s Aug. 6 election closed Friday, and the biggest surprise was who didn’t enter a race.
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess — the leading fundraiser in the crowded field — decided not to run, after all.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes drew no opposition for their seats. King County Executive Dow Constantine appears to have no serious competition, either.
Here’s a look at some of the significant local races:
Burgess’ departure appeared to reduce the crowded primary field by one. But two relative unknowns filed for the city’s top elected office Friday, bringing the total number of candidates running for mayor to nine.
In addition to incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn, those running for mayor include Joey Gray, an information-systems consultant and trainer; City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, a former corporate attorney; Greenwood neighborhood activist Kate Martin; Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary Martin; attorney Doug McQuaid; State Sen. Ed Murray; businessman and arts patron Charlie Staadecker; and architect Peter Steinbrueck, a former City Council member.
Seattle City Council
In contrast to the crowded mayor’s race, few high-profile candidates filed to oppose incumbent Seattle City Council members.
For Position 2, four-term incumbent Richard Conlin will face two opponents, Brian Carver, an Amazon employee, and Kshama Sawant, a socialist and Seattle Community College economics instructor.
First-term Councilmember Sally Bagshaw is opposed by Sam Bellomio, a Stand Up America activist and frequent protester at City Hall.
Four-term Councilmember Nick Licata will face Edwin Fruit, a Socialist Workers Party candidate and factory production worker.
Councilmember Mike O’Brien, a former law-firm chief financial officer and Sierra Club leader, is being challenged by Albert Shen, an engineering consultant who participated this year in President Obama’s White House business council on job creation. Also in the race for O’Brien’s seat is David Ishii, a West Seattle man who originally announced for mayor.
Bellevue City Council
A tug of war for control of the Bellevue City Council will go to the voters again.
Two of the strongest challengers are taking aim at veteran member Don Davidson, who has been in office since 1984 with only a two-year break.
Lynne Robinson, a member of the city Parks Board and Network on Aging, and Vandana Slatter, an Asian-American member of the state Pharmacy Board, are seeking to unseat Davidson, who is on a temporary health-related leave from the council.
Downtown-based property manager and developer Kevin Wallace, whose 2009 election to the council helped tilt it to a different stance on light-rail issues and taxes for capital projects, drew three challengers.
Steve Kasner, a private-school teacher and chair of the East Bellevue Community Council, an elected body with land-use authority, said he is running largely because he believes neighborhoods aren’t receiving adequate attention from the City Council.
Also running against Wallace are Bill Hirt, a retired engineer who entered the race so he could tell citizens that Sound Transit’s East Link rail system is a mistake, and Jeffrey Talada, a Pirate Party member who promises “no fascist stuff on my watch.”
Only one candidate, Lyndon Heywood, is challenging Mayor Conrad Lee. Heywood, a naturalized U.S. citizen from England, said he would raise no more than $99.99.
Lee, Wallace and Davidson were part of a four-member council majority that put a stop to road-building tax increases and for two years fought Sound Transit on its light-rail route.
Since then, the council has negotiated a series of agreements with Sound Transit, and friction among members has lessened somewhat.
Metropolitan King County Council
Two candidates are vying for the open Metropolitan King County Council seat currently held by Julia Patterson. State Rep. Dave Upthegrove, a Democrat and former aide to Patterson, is running against Andy Massagli, a Republican and former airline pilot, in the officially nonpartisan race.
There is less drama in other King County elections, where incumbents generally are facing candidates with significantly less experience or financial resources.
The County Council’s newest member, Rob Dembowski — appointed to fill the seat vacated when Bob Ferguson became state attorney general — will defend the position against challengers Naomi Wilson, a grants specialist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and John Fray, who works in the financial-services industry.
Real-estate broker Shari Song and a second candidate, Kristina Macomber, have filed to run against County Councilmember Reagan Dunn.
County Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Pete von Reichbauer drew no opposition.
King County executive
Standing between County Executive Dow Constantine and a second term are perennial candidate Goodspaceguy; part-time bus driver and former Galion, Ohio, City Council member Everett Stewart; and Alan Lobdell, a civil engineer who has raised $1,800 to Constantine’s $640,223.
Port of Seattle
Four of the Port of Seattle Commission’s five seats are coming open.
Commissioner John Creighton is running for re-election against Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis; Commissioner Tom Albro is being challenged by frequent candidate Richard Pope.
Courtney Gregoire, recently appointed to the commission, will face John Naubert, former Socialist Workers Party candidate for the U.S. Senate. Recent appointee Stephanie Bowman, a former manager of Federal Government Affairs at the Port of Tacoma, will face software engineer Andrew Pilloud and small-business owner Michael Wolfe.
Lynn Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-464-8305. On Twitter @lthompsontimes