While CHS is breaking all sorts of rules around “horse race journalism,” let’s talk about a couple more big endorsements sure to further shape the field in the District 3 race where the candidates can say lots of similar things about homelessness, safety, and development but the proof might just be in what bedfellows they keep. Don’t worry — we’ll get back to the issues soon.
But in the race, the Broadway Business Improvement Area’s Egan Orion is making big gains in the back stretch. Wednesday, the Seattle Times — it’s a newspaper that covers the city of Seattle that a few people around Capitol Hill might still read — endorsed Orion as their horse — or dog — in the race:
Orion rightly says District 3 needs a council member who is less dogmatic and committed to listening to all sides. “It’s not us versus them; it’s just us,” he told this board. Indeed. Vote Orion in District 3.
The nod follows Orion’s selection for big-time business support by CASE, the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. It has spent about $90,000 so far on a canvassing, telephone, and texting program to support him.
The Times endorsement, of course, is also about Orion’s main opponent in the race, Kshama Sawant. The ST endorsement definitely lets it rip when it comes to the incumbent:
Sawant’s Marxist radicalism is not needed to advance the cause of Seattle’s working people or move the council left — it’s pegged left, stacked with union activists and unlikely to veer right anytime soon. Instead, Sawant’s divisive rhetoric, self-aggrandizement and incessant use of council chambers as a soapbox are making the council less functional, less professional and less welcoming to many ordinary citizens.
Seattle Times anti-endorsements haven’t really put a dent in Sawant’s armor in the past. But the nod to Orion should help the challenger in the crowded primary make a run at a “top two” finish in the Primary.
Sawant, meanwhile, now has the backing of the downtown chamber’s progressive mirror. The Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy led by nonprofit advocacy group Working Washington has handed Sawant its highest rating in D3. “With so many candidates this year, our ratings help voters understand who is running to make our communities a better place for poor, working-class, and middle-income families to live and work, and who is running to protect the status quo.”
Wednesday, the campaign also touted support from another Seattle progressive powerhouse as Cary Moon — defeated but unbowed by Jenny Durkan in 2017 — came out swinging for Sawant.
“We NEED Kshama on Seattle City Council,” Moon is quoted as saying in the statement. “She is a relentless organizer for working class people. She questions cozy relationships and stands up to corporate power. She pushes bold solutions like the $15/hour minimum wage, tenant protections and rent control until they become common sense. These times call for courage — our city needs an inside activist to spark action, challenge the status quo, and hold power accountable. We need to re-elect Kshama.”
You can learn more about each candidate’s endorsements at their campaign websites:
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