UPDATE: Jan Drago did, in fact, split the Alki Foundation endorsement with Mayor Nickels. That's quite a coup for Drago.
Here are the Alki endorsements:
The Alki Foundation, the lobbying arm of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, is voting on its mayoral endorsement tonight.
Sources tell PubliCola that Jan Drago will split the the endorsement with Mayor Nickels. We'll believe that after the actual vote, but in her recent letter to the Alki Foundation, Drago certainly made the hard sell to the Chamber—pitching herself as more conservative than Nickels.
Check out this paragraph from her letter:
"My difference with the current administration is style AND substance. Just in the last two years, I opposed the Mayor's one-size-fits-all industrial lands policy, the Mayor's one-size-fits-all incentive zoning policy, the bag tax; and last week I sponsored an amendment to lower the Mayor's proposed housing levy to bring it into alignment with economic reality."
All true: Drago wanted to allow condo development on industrial lands (a swipe at labor, but a sop to big developers); she thought Nickels' incentive zoning policy asked developers to provide too much low-income housing [Editor's Note: how about a mayoral candidate, like Seattle City Council Candidate David Bloom, who's for mandatory housing requirements instead of incentives?] ; and she's against the bag tax.
"I am the business community's 'go to' person on the Seattle City Council."
The letter also notes some of her other positions, which are completely in sync with Mayor Nickels, like her support for the waterfront tunnel and her desire to push biotech in South Lake Union.
I've put the whole letter below the fold.
Thank you for attending my Alki interview. It was my first formal interview since announcing my candidacy for Mayor. I am running for Mayor because Seattle needs a tested and trusted leader with a proven ability to get things done. Unless we make some real changes, we may not reach the goals we want for our city. With your help, we can get Seattle working for its businesses, neighborhoods and citizens; and put people back to work.
Alki has honored me with its recommendation in four previous campaigns for Council, and I would be grateful for Alki's recommendation for Mayor.
My business and management experience is broad and deep. I started my business career in my family's Michigan tree farm as a teenager, then owned and operated my first business, a Tastee Freeze franchise as high school student. In 1981, I built and managed a successful business enterprise in the greater Seattle area with Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shoppes in Seattle, Bellevue and Southcenter. In addition, I successfully managed organizations with multi-million dollar budgets and over 200 employees.
Most significantly, I have been a driver of economic and political transformations during economic turmoil. In addition to starting a new small business during the recession in 1981, I helped lead the revitalization of downtown Seattle in 1990s first as a community leader and then as an elected official. In the last few years, I changed the city's relationship from combat to collaboration with the University of Washington and championed the burgeoning bio-tech and life sciences industry in Seattle. Most recently, I was an early and ardent supporter of the bored tunnel viaduct solution-openingSeattle's waterfront while preserving jobs and freight mobility along the SR 99 corridor.
Together, we have tackled tough issues and addressed challenges head on. I am the business community's "go to" person on the Seattle City Council. The Chamber's voice is a critical one on the issues we are facing today: job creation and neighborhood development, affordable housing, and taxes and fees. I support engaging the Chamber and broader business community early in policy development so we can find sustainable and effective solutions to the challenges we face.
My difference with the current administration is style AND substance. Just in the last two years, I opposed the Mayor's one-size-fits-all industrial lands policy, the Mayor's one-size-fits-all incentive zoning policy, the bag tax; and last week I sponsored an amendment to lower the Mayor's proposed housing levy to bring it into alignment with economic reality.
Finally, I believe that small businesses will lead us out of our current recession as they have historically. As Seattle's next Mayor, we will restore and rebuild the Seattle spirit that launched Nordstrom, Boeing, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon among countless others. For over a century, Seattle has spawned organizations that changed the world and made Seattle a great place to live and work.
Please call me to discuss any issue or questions at XXX-XXXX or email
me at XXXXXXXX I look forward to working with you.