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Expect to See a Lot of Him

By Morning Fizz July 29, 2009

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1. So much for this being a low-money primary: According to campaign reports filed yesterday, Mayor Greg Nickels has raised more than half a million dollars so far, with about $39,000 on hand. Around $150,000 of that went to producing and running ads on cable TV.

Meanwhile, Nickels' largely self-funded competitor, T-Mobile executive Joe Mallahan, reported a total of $320,000, with a balance of -$35,000. The biggest chunk of that money went into polling ($12,500) and ad buys on network TV (around $80,000).

How the other Nickels competitors stack up: Jan Drago reported a total of $102,000, with $38,000 on hand; Mike McGinn reported $59,000, with a balance of -$1,000; James Donaldson reported $35,000, with a balance of -$9,000; and Elizabeth Campbell and Norman Sigler did not file reports.

We'll dig deeper into the numbers later today.

2. Even if you don't watch much TV, expect to see a lot of Mallahan (and his super-sized campaign mail)—he reportedly plans to do three mailings before the primary, more than any other Nickels challenger.

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3. PubliCola had Mayor Greg Nickels at our offices for an endorsement interview yesterday; we'll be posting video of Nickels and all the candidates for mayor later this week.

4. Several hundred folks packed the Showbox last night to watch the candidates for City Council make fools of themselves and/or demonstrate their hidden talents onstage at the Washington Bus-sponsored "Candidate Survivor" event. (Position 4 candidate David Bloom, singing, above). The Seattle P-I's Chris Grygiel has complete coverage.

Today's Morning Fizz brought to you by Seattle Works

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