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Non (2014) Election Fizz: Forget About Reichert...

Now that 2014 is over, here's some caffeinated news about future elections.

November 5, 2014

The election (at least the 2014 election) isn't the only thing going on this week. 

Here are a couple of Fizz items that don't have to do with last night. 

1) City Council member Tim Burgess' legislative aide Alex Pedersen sent an email to his council colleagues yesterday afternoon announcing that he's leaving after working two years in Burgess' office to "to return to my affordable housing background in the private sector." 

Pedersen, who lives in the 4th City Council district, is rumored to be one the 2015 district hopefuls. The 4th stretches from the Montlake cut north through the U. District and Roosevelt and taking in the suburban-ish Ravena, Wedgwood, and Sand Point turf to the north and east by Lake Washington. 

Current City Council member Jean Godden lives in the 4th District, and she has filed to run. Democratic activist Michael Maddux has already jumped in the race. I also hear Transportation Choices Coalition Director Rob Johnson is very likely to jump in the race

We have a message in to Pedersen. 

His farewell email includes this passage (bolds ours)

I will soon start work at an organization that, while based in Seattle, helps to fund and preserve affordable housing with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits throughout the nation. As our city struggles with its own affordable housing crisis, I look forward to learning even more that I can bring back to public service.


2) And from the 2016 election front: Republicans were evidently wowed by state Sen. Andy Hill's (R-45, Redmond) impressive win last night.

Despite a flood of Democratic independent expenditures targeting the swing district race—Democratic groups threw $820,000 at the race—Hill was winning handily last night 53 to 47.  Republican insiders are apparently in "Draft Andy!" mode for a 2016 gubernatorial run. 

In addition to brushing off the big Democratic assault, he raised $1 million and just proved he can carry the important Microsoft suburbs. 

On the pro-side, they say: In addition to brushing off the big Democratic assault, he also raised $1 million (compared to his opponent Matt Isenhower's $480,000), and he just proved he can carry the important Microsoft suburbs, the tricky turf that has sunk the GOP in statewide races again and again. 

Microsoft themselves, evidently likes Sen. Hill too (he's a former Microsoft manager).

The company gave the incumbent Republican budget writer $800 in the key race against Democrat Isenwhower. They gave Isenhower $0. 

I have a message in to Hill. 

3)  In a sign that King County Executive Dow Constantine is prioritizing the fight to extend Sound Transit light rail—Sound Transit proponents will need to win authority from the legislature in 2015 (good luck after last night) and then go to the ballot in 2016—he made two big hires late last week.

Constantine hired Sound Transit outreach director Rachel Smith as King County's new Government Relations Director (lobbying); Smith was a government and community relations staffer at ST. Smith helped Constantine put together his recent Metro/ST combo plan.

Constantine also brought on Futurwise lobbyist April Putney as one of Smith's key lobbying staffers. Putney has been a transit fundamentalist for years bringing Futurewise's fight for transit oriented development to Olympia. 

Constantine's rivals, the King County Republicans, will be just thrilled to know that Smith is on the board of the Transportation Choices Coalition and that Putney recently won TCC's "People's Choice Transit Hero" award at TCC's annual fundraising gala in September. The KCGOP has accused TCC, the scrappy non-profit and go-to resource for recent transit efforts such as last night's winning Metro measure and 2008's Sound Transit 2 campaign, of being the linchpin in an Illuminati-style  conspiracy of liberals that controls Constantine


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