1. The 43rd District Democrats—Capitol Hill, Wallingford, the U District—voted on city council candidate endorsements last night. Like all the other state legislative districts, they only endorsed in council positions that overlap with their boundaries, including the two at-large positions, eight and nine.
First though, in the fourth council position where Wallingford and the U District overlap with the 43rd (the fourth itself stretches northeast up to Sand Point), no candidate reached the 60 percent threshold necessary for the endorsement. Democratic activist Michael Maddux eliminated all the others on the first round (he got 58 votes for 40 percent, and Transportation Choices Coalition leader Rob Johnson came in second with 51 votes at 35 percent); candidates needed at least 40 percent to go to a second round. Incumbent Jean Godden came in last with just 10 votes.
Maddux, however, fell short of getting 60 percent in the second ballot.
"Oh, stop it," an annoyed Banks was overheard saying to Sawant cadre commander, Philip Locker.
In the third council position—which shares Capitol Hill with the 43rd district—Urban League leader Pamela Banks came close, but wasn't able to reach 60 percent either. She scored a 53.6 percent majority, but a strong no endorsement vote (46.4 percent), the surrogate Kshama Sawant vote (Sawant, a Socialist, wasn't eligible for the Democratic district endorsement) stalled Banks's chances. "Oh, stop it," an annoyed Banks was overheard saying to Sawant cadre commander Philip Locker as he cheered the no endorsement vote.
In the position eight race, lefty tenants' rights advocate Jon Grant got the most votes, over incumbent city council president Tim Burgess and indie-rocker-turned-city-council-candidate John Roderick, but also failed to get the final endorsement.
And, if you don't count incumbents who are facing minimal opposition so far—Mike O'Brien in the sixth council position and Sally Bagshaw in the seventh—that brings us to last night's only literal winner (again, Sawant scored a de facto win), neighborhood populist Bradburd.
Bradburd, who's for impact fees and linkage fees on development while calling for "gentler" infill development to fight "out-of-place infill that detracts from our streetscape, causes undue impacts, or promotes gentrification," got 63 percent. That's despite the fact that mayor Ed Murray—former state senator in the 43rd, who spoke last night—is backing former legal counsel Lorena González in the race against Bradburd.
Bradburd's organizing skill was in evidence last night. Forty-Third District rules allow new members who've paid and joined within the previous 10 days to vote. There was an impressive crowd of new faces all sporting Bradburd stickers last night.
And footnote on Bradburd versus González. González supporter Murray (unofficially) was a bit of a loser in his own 43rd last night; he's endorsed both Burgess and Godden. Meanwhile, one council member he hasn't endorsed, O'Brien, won big with 69 percent last night.
2. Murray has, however, gotten some impressive support on his anti–Kshama Sawant legislation to prevent council members from campaigning for reelection in city hall. (Sawant held a legit rent control rally in city hall last month, but raised eyebrows by having reelection campaign tables in the lobby after apparently using city hall resources to invite people to city hall.)
Three former chairs of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission sent a letter to the city council yesterday backing Murray's legislation.
In the letter, former commissioners Robert Mahon, Michele Radosevich, and Amit Ranade wrote: "We support Mayor Murray's legislation to clarify the prohibition against the use of public facilities in campaigns, Seattle Municipal Code Section 2.04.300.
"This section of the code ensures that public resources are not used directly or indirectly to assist a political campaign. In our opinion, this extends to city public events organized by an elected official and designed or coordinated to coincide with political activities in support of that official's election campaign."