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Bagshaw tops Seattle City Council fundraising
Posted by Jim Brunner
Sally Bagshaw, the former prosecutor running for Seattle City Council Position 4 (Jan Drago's seat), has pulled in more campaign cash than any other council candidate -- $144,000, according to the latest reports filed with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.
Bagshaw raised a lot of that cash from attorneys she's worked with or met over the years as former chief of the civil division for the late King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng. Top contributors include King County employees, and lawyers at top law firms including K&L Gates and Foster Pepper.
Bagshaw spent all but $32,000 of her campaign fund, according to the campaign filing, despite being very likely to advance to the general election.
Her likely opponent in the general election, longtime social-justice activist David Bloom, reported raising about $63,000. He got money from liberal church activists and low-income housing advocates.
Dorsol Plants, the young Army veteran who has proven to be a well-spoken newcomer to the local political scene, raised $6,000.
In all, the SEEC reports that about $1 million had been raised for all the council races as of July 21.
Updates on other council races below the jump:
In the crowded field for Position 8 -- retiring Councilmember Richard McIver's seat -- third-time candidate Robert Rosencrantz raised the most money, $119,000, thanks in part to putting in $26,000 of his own money. (He also got help from some family members, including $700 contributions from sons Zadek and Maximum.)
Rosencrantz owns and manages four apartment buildings and has worked on affordable housing projects for the King County Housing Authority. He ran for council unsuccessfully in 2003 and 2005 and has said this is his last shot. He spent all of his campaign fund, leaving a reported deficit of $9,700.
Other Position 8 Candidates:
--Jordan Royer, a former aide to Mayor Greg Nickels, and son of former Mayor Charles Royer, raised $95,000.
--Sierra Club leader Mike O'Brien raised nearly $70,000.
--Maple Leaf neighborhood leader David Miller raised $57,000.
--Rusty Williams, a real-estate agent and son of former Councilmember Jeanette Williams, raised about $50,000. More than half of that was his own money.
--Seattle Department of Transportation manager Bobby Forch reported $34,000 in contributions, including $11,000 of his own money. He is the only African American running for any council seat this year.
Meanwhile, in the Position 6 race, incumbent Nick Licata raised $91,000. He reported $36,000 cash on hand.
Architect Marty Kaplan raised about $71,000, including $5,500 of his own money. According to campaign filings, he spent less than half of that so far, leaving him with $45,000 in the bank.
Jessie Israel, a King County parks department manager, raised $66,000 and reports $11,600 cash on hand.
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