Meacham, a former Seattle Times business reporter, currently works at T-Mobile. Meacham, 37, criticized Harrell's stewardship of Seattle City Light: “My opponent has been in charge of overseeing City Light for four years, and yet the agency still has no updated strategic plan after having raised power rates twice in just the last year. That’s poor government, and poor leadership."
Harrell, serving his first term, was elected in 2007.
Without saying what his position was on the lighting rod tunnel issue, Meacham also criticized Harrell as part of the majority council bloc that isn't demanding removal of the infamous cost overruns provision:
“And whether you’re for or against building a deep bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, you want this project done right. My opponent cut a bad deal, and should be held accountable for throwing taxpayers under the bus."
However, in an editorial Meacham wrote for the Seatle Times in November he made his position clear.
Another area demanding cost-benefit analysis is the deep-bore tunnel through downtown. No one should suggest tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct and replacing it with nothing. Yet a combination of additional transit, improved streets and reconfiguration of Interstate 5 would open up the waterfront and improve mobility more quickly and for billions less than a new tunnel.
Meacham's consultant is John Wyble at Winpower Strategies. Wyble did a poll last year showing that Harrell was not well known.