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Tuesday Jolt: Mayor and (Bellevue) Council Edition

Tuesday's winners and losers.

By Afternoon Jolt August 20, 2013

Afternoon Jolt

1. Today's winner: Mayoral candidate Ed Murray.

Murray announced the endorsement of five unions today, including the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, which represents King County and City of Seattle workers; the Hod Carriers (brick layers, plasterers) and Laborers Local Union 242, which is working, among other projects, to build the new Amazon campus in South Lake Union; and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, which represents King County Metro drivers.

The hefty union support—city workers, bus drivers, and construction laborers—is a coup for Murray, whom McGinn has portrayed as a tool of downtown business elites (a charge we added some grist to earlier today.)

2. Another winner? Bellevue City Council candidate Vandana Slatter.

Slatter, an Amgen exec and pharmacist who's running for the Bellevue council seat previously occupied by longtime council member Don Davidson, won Davidson's endorsement today (after besting him in this month's primary with 26 percent) in her current general election race against Lynne Robinson, a member of the Bellevue Parks Board who won 48 percent of the vote.

So why the question mark?

Because both Slatter and Robinson were running as liberals—obviously, Bellevue was more with both of them than with the old-school Davidson—and his endorsement could backfire.

Slatter (who spent more on her primary-election campaign than any Bellevue candidate in history) might not benefit from the endorsement of a guy who not only first got elected to the Bellevue council in the early '80s, but is also a staunch opponent of light rail—an increasingly tenuous point of view on the increasingly pro-transit, urbanist Bellevue council. 

In a statement, Davidson called Slatter "an independent thinker with the thoughtful approach needed to work collaboratively and effectively on the Council, to protect what makes Bellevue special. Additionally, her business experience in a leading global industry uniquely qualifies her to support Bellevue’s local economy and prosperity.” 

Both Slatter and Robinson are pro-transit Democrats with Democratic campaign consultants (Lisa MacLean of Moxie Media and Christian Sinderman of Northwest Passage, respectively.) Whichever woman wins wins, the Kemper Freeman-backed bloc of anti-rail council members will be a minority of three—a stark shift from recent years, when the council's pro-rail minority has frequently found itself on the losing end of 4-3 votes.



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