34th District Democrats: Leadership chosen; new council candidate

January 13, 2011 8:05 am
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From left, re-elected chair Tim Nuse, first vice-chair Sabra Schneider, secretary LeeAnne Beres, and second vice-chair David Ginsberg are among the new leadership slate elected at last night’s 34th District Democrats meeting. Others elected:
• King County Committeeman: Jimmy Haun
• King County Committeeman Alternate: Dorsol Plants
• King County Committeewoman: Lisa Plymate
• King County Committeewoman Alternate: Betsy Shedd
• State Committeeman: Chris Porter
• State Committeewoman: Marcee Stone
• Treasurer: Jeff Upthegrove
Also during the meeting of this area’s biggest political group, held as usual at The Hall at Fauntleroy, a previous leader who declined to run again explained he’s got a different campaign in the works:

(Photo by Dina Lydia Johnson)
That’s Michael Taylor-Judd, who, as noted earlier in the day on PubliCola, has decided to run for City Council, though he hasn’t decided which position he’ll seek. Taylor-Judd said the tough financial climate, with governments making painful cuts, inspired him to run – he wants to start conversations about the budget process, centered on why and where the government should spend money, and is also interested in a process of educating people on how the budget process works. After 10 years of community/civic involvement, Taylor-Judd explained, he’s noticed many don’t have that knowledge. He also thinks it’s time for elected leaders and other city officials to “get out of downtown” and go listen to what their constituents really need. He’s the second 34th District Democrats member to declare his council candidacy, after Dorsol Plants.

Toward the start of the meeting, there was a moment of silence on behalf of the Arizona shooting victims; member Karl deJong later announced tonight’s Seattle vigil in their honor, at Westlake Plaza downtown, 7:30 pm (here’s the Facebook invitation).

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