Tim Burgess's little-seen opponent, architect David Schraer (he has no contributions and has loaned himself  $12000, actually exists. We sat down with Schraer this afternoon. He says he's running "a two-and-a-half year campaign" with an eye toward winning in 2013, and has no real intention of winning this year against Burgess, whom he calls his friend.

The PI.com ran a more extensive interview with Schraer last week. They've also talked to Jean Godden challenger and tunnel opponent Michael Taylor-Judd and Bruce Harrell challenger and former Muni League chair Brad Meacham.

PubliCola also talked to Meacham yesterday. Although the first-time candidate was a bit vague on what he would do on the council ("I don't have all the answers" on police accountability, for example), he did lay in to what he called his opponent's lackluster record during his term in office. Sample quotes:

"You don't [create a City Light rate stabilization fund with city dollars] before you've done any strategic planning or put good government in place. Governance [of City Light] is one of the things that ought to be on the table."

"Bruce would cite this new plan, the Great Student Initiative"---a proposal to give free laptops and discounted wifi to students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches---"but all you're doing with that is essentially signing kids up for Comcast. It's crazy that I get 3 megabits per second in Columbia City. You can get ten times that on the Eastside, and hundreds of times that in Asia. You could make the case that truly high-speed Internet is the City Light of the 21st century."

"I'm working really hard to do a lot of outreach, and that's a big part of the job---to be out in the community. I talk to a lot of people who say they haven't seen Bruce in four years. That's not good enough. You shouldn't just come around near election day."

 
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