Tonight, the first big Election 2013 event in West Seattle – King County Executive Dow Constantine‘s re-election campaign kickoff filled The Hall at Fauntleroy, where he kicked off his State House campaign 17 years ago. He was introduced by County Councilmembers Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott (Constantine starts speaking about 7 minutes into the video):
We’ll add a few more photos later. This year’s primary is August 6th, and the general election is November 5th.
ADDED: Some other sightings from the event – and what public records show about who’s running:
We checked King County Elections’ list of which offices are up for election this year. Another countywide position on the ballot – sheriff. So John Urquhart, who won last year’s election for the unfinished term of his predecessor Sue Rahr, will have to run again:
County assessor Lloyd Hara was there – he’s not on this year’s ballot:
Nor is Councilmember McDermott:
Elected officials, of course, were just part of the crowd. Next, two longtime local activists – 34th District Democrats‘ state committeeman Chris Porter and King County Democrats chair Karl de Jong:
Wondering who will run against Constantine?
The filing period does not officially open for two more months, but there is one candidate on record with the State Public Disclosure Commission, Alan Lobdell of Kent, who has run before. So far, the commission’s records show he has raised almost $1,000 in campaign contributions. Constantine, by comparison, is showing as having raised about half a million since 2010.