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13 September 2005 @ 05:53 pm
Seattle Politics - Sept. 20th Primaries  
Things to be aware of when you VOTE on September 20th:

King County Executive
“No one is going to cause me to fear my neighbor because of who they are or who they worship. I embrace my neighbors.”
-Ron Sims, September 14, 2001.

That, and the other 2 Democratic candidates are total crack heads, totally overriding any misgivings about Sims' management.
While I hate filling in that Democratic circle because I don't identify as a Democrat OR a Republican, I felt that it was worth it to get my vote in for Sims.

King County Sheriff
Schmidt was acquitted on domestic violence charges a few years ago, and then sued King County for gender stuff. I don't care if his wife hit him first. I don't want either of them deciding how the police force behaves.
If you want pro-police not-accountable-for-their-actions mentality, vote for Fuda.
If you want a sheriff who pisses off dirty cops by making them accountable and has the titanium spine to keep doing it, vote for Rahr. I did.

Seattle Port Commissioner #3
Berkowitz looks good on paper. It was only after doing some research that I found this gem:
"Rich Berkowitz is western director of the Transportation Institute and a director of Arctic Power, a group lobbying for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."
If you vote for him, you're killing baby seals, penguins and probably going to Hell forever. O:>

Kane supports recent activity (North Bay) that has reduced maritime activity on our waterfront - warehouse space, retail space, etc. Our port activity accounts for a huge amount of our revenue each year, and these activities are weakening our appeal to importers and our strength as exporters.

Personally, I'm voting for Lloyd Hara but I also like the look of Christopher Cain if he can make decisions as effectively as he can ask worthwhile questions. Hara supports an above ground viaduct replacement, which I consider to be the only fiscally responsible option (and so does he).

Seattle Port Commissioner #4
Pat Davis = WTO. Nuff said.

The Seattle Weekly is endorsing Jolley.

Personally, I'm voting for Walker. He's an engineer from Microsoft who's tired of port BS, and seems very level-headed and has what seems to me to be a good grasp of the problems the Port is facing right now for an outsider. I think he could make a difference. I also think no one else will vote for him because he looks like he's about 15 years old.

Seattle Mayor
Runte gets my vote for totally human-interest reasons. 1. He put himself through college and still managed to get a PhD 2. He's a hard core environmentalist 3. He's pro public transit and increasing the bus routes in our neighborhoods 4. He's opposed to the South Lake Union street car white noise (and so am I - note I am pro-monorail, one of the still standing freaks because damnit I've seen it when it works and it kicks ass - we have to start somewhere to get there, and yes we should fire the boneheads who've run up absurd debt without even beginning construction - it'd be nice if we could hold them financially accountable, too.)

If human interest reasons don't elect a mayor, what does? Hmm...

Seattle City Council Position No. 2
Conlin is anti-monorail. Jim McDermott, however, who I very much like and trust, does endorse him.

I'm voting for Darlene Madenwald, who I think can make Seattle a healthier place for non-smokers.

Seattle Popular Monorail Authority Position No. 8
I voted for Lippmann last time, and I'm voting for him again. I want someone pro-monorail who's pragmatic. This has always been the man to meet that need, and he's really invested in seeing it happen and making it work in the best way for commuters and taxpayers.

Seattle Popular Monorail Authority Position No. 9
Falkenbury. Because he volunteered with the authority for 6 years and because who knows the needs of public and tourist transit better than a tour bus driver?

gkr, when are you running for office, man? A lot of the options were ugly or insane this year.

On September 20th, please vote, Seattle!
Current Mood: right to piss and moan later
Douglaschiaspod on September 14th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Lippmann, as in Stan Lippmann? As in "immunizations are a plot of the gov't" Lippmann?
Kburgunder on September 14th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
I make it a rule to vote for 1-2 people in every primary and election that appeal to the 15-year-old unrealistic idealist in me who are never going to win but who make me feel righteous somehow. I didn't find any good dirt on Lippmann, shame on me. I suspect I didn't look hard enough, eh? Conspiracy theorists generally fall under crackpot instead of unrealistic idealist in my book.
King Ratgkr on September 14th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
No idea if I ever will. It's a nice thought, but running for office is hard work.
Kburgunder on September 14th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
And disenheartening, I suspect. Kind of takes "can't please everyone" to a new level.
King Ratgkr on September 14th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
And this is why I'm voting for Schmidt rather than Rahr. It's hardly making police accountable for their actions. It's more like trying to find a way to avoid blots on the Reichert and Rahr record.