There was yet another district endorsement meeting last night. The 36th District Democrats (Ballard, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Belltown) met over Indian potluck at the Phinney Neighborhood Association building at 65th and Phinney Ave. N. to make their August 16 primary election picks.

Seattle City Council incumbent Sally Clark has found her stump speech identity as the neighborhood projects candidate.

1. First the council results: Seattle City Council member Sally Clark, who's found her stump speech voice as the neighborhood projects candidate, got the sole endorsement over her lone challenger, former Seattle Community Access Network (SCAN-TV) director Dian Ferguson; Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess got the sole endorsement over his low-profile opponent David Schraer; Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen got the sole endorsement over his nominal opponent, Dale Pusey; Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell got the sole endorsement over former Seattle Times business writer and former Muni League leader Brad Meacham; and, racking up her losses, Seattle City Council member Jean Godden did not get the endorsement.

Two of Godden's opponents shared a dual endorsement: King County DV prosecutor Maurice Classen and SDOT manager Bobby Forch. Godden was a no-show as her campaign reportedly saw the writing on the wall and decided against taking a shot at it.

The only real sparks came in the Burgess race. A pair of 36th District members seconded each other speaking in opposition to Burgess. They acknowledged that he was going to get the endorsement, but urged Burgess, who was standing in the back of the room, not to pursue his "offensive" anti-panhandling agenda anymore, which, one woman pointed out, the city's own human rights commission had flagged.

2. The most heated discussions last night were during the school board endorsement nominations. The group took up Districts 1   and 2 (the two North Seattle districts), seats held by Peter Maier and Sherry Carr, respectively.

Former KUOW weatherman Cliff Mass supports the challengers in the stormy school board races.

An Ingraham High teacher, who voted for Maier four years ago, spoke against him this time. And outspoken ousted KUOW weatherman Cliff Mass spoke—in an impressive radio voice—for Maier's opponent, Sharon Peaslee. Neither incumbent got the nod. And while neither Peaslee nor Carr challenger Kate Martin got the district's endorsement either, the angry challengers—thematically linked by their opposition to the Arne Duncan ed-reform agenda—continued to stall the incumbents at the district endorsement level. [pullquote]The angry School Board challengers continued to stall the incumbents at the district endorsement level. [/pullquote]

3. The finale: the tunnel referendum.

Rival Ref 1 campaign managers, Mike O'Brien staffer Esther Handy (wants you to vote No) and Sally Clark staffer Dan Nolte (wants you to vote Yes) making nice in Phinney Ridge. Nolte won last night's round.

Burgess spoke in favor, flipping the anti-tunnel sound bite on its head by saying if you're worried about the congestion from the 46,000 cars that will be displaced onto I-5 and surface streets because they won't pay the tunnel toll, than consider the 110,000 cars that'll be displaced if there's no tunnel at all. And turning the costs issue back against his opponents as well, Burgess said there's no money to pay for the surface/transit alternative option.

Tunnel opponents (and surface/transit supporters), including transportation wonk Jack Whisner, warned that the cap on state funds for the tunnel would force Seattle to pick up the inevitable cost overruns and responded to Burgess by saying the state could use the $4.2 billion in tunnel money to adequately fund the surface/transit option.

The final vote, after a couple of recounts: 33-15 in favor of the pro-tunnel position, endorsing a "Yes" on Ref. 1.

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