Thursday night, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell kicked off his campaign to become Seattle’s mayor with an event at 14th Ave First AME Church. He’s in for a long race. To date, six candidates have already filed for the race and reported campaign contributions — two more have declared their intentions to run. And a small raft of potential challengers still waits in the wings. The real primary isn’t until August but we’re ready to start separating the wheat from the chaff.
Below, we’ve posted a few notes about the candidates and a CHS primary survey asking you to select all of the current candidates that you’d consider voting for. You should be able to see the results as they compile. We’ve left the survey open indefinitely with no cutoff date. It will continue to tally forever — but we’ll take a look at results later this week. Who knows? We might save a few of these candidates some work.
Note: Poll was reset at 4:35 PM after discovering our original candidate roster was incomplete. New respect for King County Elections! Yes, you’ll need to vote again.
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Candidate: Mike McGinn (Incumbent)
Reported contributions as of 1/13: $103, 701
Capitol Hill connection? Declared candidacy at Piecora’s in 2009
What they’re saying: ”He has, however, gradually developed a knack for politics.“
Candidate: Ed Murray
Reported contributions as of 1/13: $124,070
Capitol Hill connection? He lives here and has been a champion for gay rights for decades.
What they’re saying: ”…many specifics of his campaign will be on hold until a decision about mounting a campaign with ‘unique challenges.‘”
Candidate: Tim Burgess
Reported contributions as of 1/13: $100,972
Capitol Hill connection? Former cop is City Council member since 2007. Promised exclusive on mayoral campaign to Stranger, apparently.
What they’re saying: “Burgess is a formidable candidate. He Seattle native, product of the city’s public schools (and the University of Washington) a onetime journalist, former Seattle Police officer and successful businessman.”
Candidate: Charlie Staadecker
Reported contributions as of 1/13: $71,306
Capitol Hill connection? Lives in Mount Baker!
What they’re saying: ”His campaign kicked off a month ago with a theme song and four pillars: education, jobs and economic security, quality of life, and safety and core services.“
Candidate: Peter Steinbrueck
Reported contributions as of 1/13: $8,823
Capitol Hill connection? Has fought SLU re-zone
What they’re saying: ”Five years later—after leaving a council seat he’d held for a decade to go back to his roots in architecture, urban planning, and consulting—Steinbrueck is ready to return to city hall, this time as mayor, because, he says, ‘I don’t feel the city has strong leadership right now.’”
Candidate: Kate Martin
Reported contributions as of 1/13: $133
Capitol Hill connection? Lives in North Seattle!
What they’re saying: ”She ran for School Board on a platform of giving individual schools more freedom and establishing a mentorship program, but lost to incumbent Sherry Carr.“
Candidate: Bruce Harrell
Reported contributions as of 1/13: n/a
Capitol Hill connection? Campaign HQ in the CD at 23rd and Union
What they’re saying: ”This is the heartbeat of the city right here. … We had a forum at Garfield [High School] where there were people who grew up in the community saying, ‘this is my community, and you folks moved here.’ I would like to see a Seattle where people of color could afford a house anywhere they want in the city.“
Candidate: David Ishii
Reported contributions as of 1/13: n/a
Capitol Hill connection? nope
What they’re saying: ”His campaign website is called papabigfoot.com, featuring an animated elephant that bounds across the screen while farting a cloud that reads “Happy Valentines Day.”“