Campaign Fizz: Endorsements Galore!

By Erica C. Barnett August 3, 2011

Your one-stop shop for today's local campaign news, analysis, and gossip.

• The Seattle Transit Blog and Seattle Bike Blog issued their endorsements today. Keeping in mind that these are special-interest sites, here they are:

Bike Blog:
In the race for Jean Godden's city council seat, the blog issued no endorsement, instead dedicating most of its endorsement space to critiquing Godden on bike issues, citing her "yes" response when the 36th District Democrats asked her whether Mayor Mike McGinn was "too pro-bike" and her lackluster support for road diets. On Ref. 1, the blog endorsed a "No" vote, calling the deep-bore tunnel "a huge investment to ensure that people continue to drive. Ref. 1 is a proxy vote on the tunnel.

In Godden's race, the transit blog endorsed Michael Taylor-Judd (pictured), based his dedication to transit service and the fact that he opposes the deep-bore tunnel. They also endorsed incumbent (and tunnel fan) Sally Clark, citing her work to undo NIMBY land use codes on the council's land use committee. And they endorsed a "No" on Ref. 1, along with candidates in several other cities' races and for King County Council.

• Let's Move Forward, the pro-tunnel campaign, reported another two big last-minute contributions today: Fred Hutch board chair Douglas Walker, who kicked in $1,000, and $3,000 from BNSF Railway, which has tracks along the current Alaskan Way Viaduct.

• Over at the Seattle Times, columnist Danny Westneat agrees with his paper's editorial board and endorses the tunnel measure, despite the fact that: "It may bust its budget. It won't reduce traffic congestion. Its financing is sketchy" and "The plan to toll it is so flawed that even many backers assume the tolls will be dropped."

His reason: Building the tunnel is "better than doing nothing."
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