Shakeup in Crowded 36th District Field

By Erica C. Barnett April 3, 2012

As we predicted in Fizz this morning, theater fundraiser Nick Cail has decided to drop out of the crowded race to fill the 36th District state house seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, a Democrat.

In a statement, Cail said, "When looking into the next several months of the campaign I feel I would not be able to meet the time commitments of this competitive race and maintain the professional and family obligations that I truly enjoy."

Cail's departure leaves his consultant, John Wyble, free to do work for Sahar Fathi, a legislative aide to Mike O'Brien who is also running in the 36th. Fathi has also retained Ross G. Bates Consulting, a Seattle-based direct mail and consulting firm, and is preparing to hire a full-time campaign manager.

Tomorrow, another candidate---Evan Clifthorne, an aide to state Sen. Paull Shin---will formally announce he's running for the position. (Shin, of course, was one of just three Democrats in the state senate to vote against marriage equality. He also proposed a one-percent sales tax increase to help close the state's budget gap, and voted to bring the Reproductive Parity Act, which would have required health care plans that offer maternity care to also pay for abortions, to the senate floor.)

The race for the 36th District is becoming one of the most crowded legislative races of this election. In addition to Fathi and Clifthorne, candidates include: Progressive Majority state director Noel Frame; longtime political activist Linde Knighton; Brett Phillips, son of King County Council member Larry Phillips; and Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton.
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