Isn't it weird that ... Mayoral candidate Tim Burgess hasn't yet officially filed to have his name on the mayoral ballot at King County Elections—despite the fact that the filing deadline is this afternoon?
Seven candidates have officially filed to run for Seattle mayor with King County and paid the $1,500 filing fee. The only notable exception is Burgess, who has until 4:30 today to file.
As we reported yesterday afternoon, Burgess, a high-profile City Council member, recently fired his campaign spokesman, Alex Fryer, as part of a campaign shakeup that apparently also included changes to Burgess' campaign steering committee.
Although Burgess has raised more money than his competitors ($231,979), including more than incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn ($181,133), his campaign has been somewhat lackluster so far; observers say he's struggled to come up with a strong message, and one of his main campaign pledges—to fire police chief John Diaz in the wake of police accountability problems that resulted in a DOJ consent decree—was thwarted when Diaz announced his retirement last month.
Burgess, who was once regarded as a mayor-in-waiting, spent $85,300 of his own money on his first campaign for council in 2007.
Has he decided it isn't worth the effort (and considerable personal expenditures) it will likely cost him to make it through an eight-way primary?
Neither Burgess nor his campaign office has returned calls seeking to find out.