Politics can have its moments of levity. Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and West Seattle political activist Chris Porter had one Wednesday night during the candidates’ reception/mixer at The Hall at Fauntleroy co-sponsored by the Greater Seattle Business Association and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. It’s the first of two pre-election events with which the Chamber is involved this month – the next one is the tunnel-related Referendum 1 forum that it’s presenting a week from tonight (6 pm July 21st, West Seattle High School, two reps from each side, with your editor here as moderator). More photos after the jump:
Disclaimer: The photos we are publishing here do not represent everyone who was there – this was a mingle-and-mix event, no speeches, no presentations. So we caught people as we saw them. Above, Councilmember Tim Burgess and his Position 7 challenger David Schraer posed together (they’re not on the August 16th ballot, since they’re the only ones in that race). We also caught up with West Seattle Chamber CEO Patti Mullen talking with King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (who will be on the 8/16 ballot along with Diana Toledo and Goodspaceguy):
The busiest Seattle city race on the August ballot will be City Council Position 1 – we didn’t find Councilmember Jean Godden while we were there (again, she may have been there earlier or later) but did find her three challengers:
That’s Maurice Classen (at left, with Port Commissioner John Creighton); next, Bobby Forch:
And West Seattle’s Michael Taylor-Judd:
You’ll also see Position 9 on the August ballot – we didn’t see candidate Fathi Karshie, but did catch up with the two others on the ballot – incumbent Sally Clark:
And at right in the next photo, Position 9 challenger Dian Ferguson:
School Board and Port candidates were there too. Next place you can listen to them all pitch for your vote and answer your questions in West Seattle is a community-volunteer-organized forum on July 28th at South Seattle Community College‘s Brockey Center, starting with an ice-cream social at 6:30 pm, followed by candidates/reps on behalf of just about every race/issue on the ballot.