THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED; SEE BOLDED PARENTHESES AT THE SECOND AND FOURTH PARAGRAPHS.
1. After being struck by the all male panel at a Seattle Times forum on transportation issues and also by a Stranger podcast about of the election, featuring interviews with all male political pundits—Sandeep Kaushik, Christian Sinderman, and John Wyble—Erica C. Barnett began pushing an important meme to protest the ubiquity of all male panels: #Allmalepanel.
(The Stranger election analysis podcast also included an interview with one of the candidates themselves, Stranger-endorsed Kshama Sawant, a woman, obviously.)
On transportation, issues it would have been easy to include women. North Seattle state representative Jessyn Farrell (D-46, North Seattle) is the vice chair of the state house transportation committee. And Mercer Island state representative Judy Clibborn (D-41, Mercer Island) is the chair of the state house transportation committee. Shefali Ranganathan is the deputy director of Transportation Choices Coalition, the group that just powered the successful $930 million transportation levy. (Ranganathan was pictured front and center, above the fold, on the Times front page on the morning after the election to illustrate the levy win.) Cathy Tuttle is the executive director of Seattle Greenways, a local non-profit that has transformed Seattle's transportation network and helped establish Safe Routes to Schools as a key component of the local levy. And if the Times was looking for pundits and reporters, well, there's always Barnett herself, who's a contributing writer and editorial board member at the influential Seattle Transit Blog.
(And a footnote about Tuttle: Her issues, safe routes to schools and family-friendly bike routes, might not traditionally be considered capital T, transportation issues...which makes the point that the diversity of ideas can be curtailed when moms aren't included as panelists. Not to say that dads aren't aware of those issues, nor that schools are the domain of women. But Tuttle's leadership has expanded the conversation in a way that often gets left out.)
As for the election—one that's about to transform the council from having six men and three women to having either a five to four female majority or a six to three female majority—there were plenty of women who ran campaigns or covered them. Brianna Thomas and Heather Weiner, for example, ran the successful "Honest Elections" campaign (the one that just scored Seattle national notice on the Sunday New York Times editorial page.) And Cori Simmons headed up communications for citywide victor Lorena Gonzalez while Emma Tupper ran District Five winner Debora Juarez's camapign; the principle consultant on Juarez's campaign was Moxie Media (owned by Lisa MacLean.) It goes on. The women who run Seattlish, for example?
I'm happy to report that the post-election pundit panel I'll be on next week at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce—which seems to be enlightened on this issue (maybe it's because they have a female CEO, Maud Daudon?)—includes a real live woman, KING 5's local politics reporter Natalie Brand.
2. Speaking of women on the Seattle city council: After the last vote count on Friday afternoon, it looks like Tammy Morales could overtake incumbent city council member Bruce Harrell in Southeast Seattle's District Two race. She's currently just 378 votes behind two-term incumbent Harrell.
However, after just 2,500 more ballots citywide trickled in on Friday night (and with District Two coming in below Seattle's already low 46 percent turnout at 34 percent so far), Harrell might still hold on. Morales got slightly over 55 percent of Friday's final batch; she needs to be doing a touch better than that—around 56 percent. However, with late ballots trending up for her, Morales still has a shot at a major upset. And a recount looms anyway.
In West Seattle's District One (we're going to get a woman either way), longtime Nick Licata aide Lisa Herbold seems to be on the way to repeating her last-minute victory during August's primary when she topped Shannon Braddock as the late ballots came in.
Herbold, who was behind on election night last Tuesday 52.92 to 46.48 (or 733 votes), is now down by just 104 votes, having scored 55.7 of Friday's final batch. Her chances of overtaking Braddock are very good.