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The Anti-Sawant Fundraising Appeal

Caffeinated news featuring fundraisers, do-overs, and meetings

By Josh Feit May 26, 2015

Caffeinated News

1. I've been on a jag against the tidy analysis that there are "establishment" candidates and "antiestablishment" candidates in this year's city council races; if Urban League leader Pamela Banks (prolinkage fee on developers) and civil rights attorney Lorena González (a linkage fee on developers is "necessary and appropriate") are establishment bogeymen, the people needn't be quaking in their boots.

However, it's definitely true that some local, wealthy donors in Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant's district three—which includes the swank part of Capitol Hill tucked around Volunteer Park—don't like her.

And some of them gathered at a breakfast fundraiser last Friday morning to support Sawant's opponent, Banks. The campaign reportedly delivered the motivating message to supporters that hefty out-of-state donations were going to be coming in from top-tier-donor counterparts from around the country who are antsy about Sawant's growing influence in a prominent city like Seattle—and they don't want her to be reelected.

Top-tier-donor counterparts from around the rest of the country...are reportedly antsy about Sawant's growing influence.

2. Speaking of Sawant. She met with at least one state legislator last week trying to find a sponsor for legislation to help undo the state ban on rent control.

3.  The 43rd District Democrats have officially called for a do-over.

Last week, the group issued a no endorsement in the position eight at-large city council race. However, the group discovered that it had miscalculated the first round of balloting in that race. Incumbent city council president Tim Burgess is facing three main challengers, tenants rights activist Jon Grant, labor activist John Persak, and indie rock musician John Roderick.

At last week's meeting, the Democrats incorrectly sent Roderick through to a second round of voting after the tally supposedly showed that he—along with Burgess and Grant—had scored the 40 percent in the first round, placing him in a second-round showdown for the endorsement. (If no candidate receives 60 percent in the first round, any candidate who receives at least 40 percent can make it through for reconsideration to try to get to 60 in a runoff.) It turns out that Roderick hadn't actually received 40 percent and so shouldn't have been included in the second round where no candidate reached the 60 percent threshold—resulting in no endorsement.

In the flawed second-round vote Grant came out on top with 47 percent. Burgess had 38.5 percent and Roderick had 29.8 percent. No endorsement had 6.7 percent, but carried the day since no candidate reached 60 percent. The 43rd District Democrats will hold a new vote between Burgess and Grant on June 16 to see if either can reach the 60 percent mark without a third candidate in the mix. Based on the anti-Burgess numbers, Grant looks to have a shot at picking up the endorsement.

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