West Seattleites among 44 applicants to fill rest of Sally Clark’s City Council term

The city has just gone public with the list of 44 people who have applied to fill the rest of Sally Clark’s City Council term. We’re seeing at least two familiar West Seattle names – Delridge District Council chair Mat McBride and 34th District Democrats board member Chris Porter. (We’re still reading the list – let us know if we’re missing other West Seattleites.)

Other applicants include Mark Solomon, known here as Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Southwest and South Precincts; also, three former city councilmembers – Jan Drago, Heidi Wills, and Peter Steinbrueck.

The council is to announce finalists next Monday (April 20th) and to make an appointment one week later. Stand by for details on how to tell them what you think of the applicants.

15 Replies to "West Seattleites among 44 applicants to fill rest of Sally Clark's City Council term"

  • West Seattle Hipster April 14, 2015 (9:08 pm)

    Jan Drago, Heidi Wills, and Peter Steinbrueck?



  • chas redmond April 14, 2015 (10:19 pm)

    Incredible, I know nearly one quarter of them – 10 out of 44. I’ll bet most folks know at least two. Many good names here. One more new wrinkle to this District election system. Already a fascinating year!

  • Acemotel April 15, 2015 (12:02 am)

    For a short term, it makes sense to have one of the former city council members on board. A new person will spend most of their term learning the ropes. And mr. Redmond, I hope you didn’t mean that comment the way it sounds. I.e. “Most folks” are one-fifth as connected as you are. OK, then….

  • Diane April 15, 2015 (12:42 am)

    my 1st thought when applications opened, Peter Steinbrueck; by far best choice

  • Diane April 15, 2015 (12:49 am)

    Norman Sigler lives in WS (remember when he ran for mayor?)

    • WSB April 15, 2015 (1:10 am)

      I know Norman S lived here then but I don’t know for certain if he still does. My key cross-referencing database is now three years old.

  • Diane April 15, 2015 (12:54 am)

    David Bloom would also be excellent; he ran for CC few years back, and came to WS community meetings to make his pitch; really glad to see his name on list

  • Diane April 15, 2015 (12:59 am)

    wasn’t David Yeaworth legislative aide to Sally Clark, until last year, when he took new job at Alliance for Pioneer Square?

  • Diane April 15, 2015 (1:33 am)

    yes he still does; I gave him a ride home after the 34th last week

  • Chas Redmond April 15, 2015 (7:39 am)

    @acemotel – it was more associated with 3° of Kevin Bacon, I had no idea I would know that many. I figured everybody in West Seattle would know at least two probably more, some might even know all of them – I was really surprised I knew a quarter of them .

  • Not that Peter April 15, 2015 (7:40 am)

    Anyone but Steinbruek.

  • Deb Barker April 15, 2015 (8:31 am)

    Ed Pottharst is a former Neighborhood District Coordinator who served West Seattle for several years, and David Moseley (a former West Seattle resident) was WS Ferry Director for many years.

  • Diane April 15, 2015 (12:33 pm)

    I saw Ed’s name; but I thought “our” Ed’s last name was spelled Potthurst; so wasn’t sure it’s the same Ed

  • Diane April 16, 2015 (1:45 am)

    it is the same Ed; surprised to read on his resume that he ran for KC Council in 2005

  • Chris Porter April 16, 2015 (1:37 pm)

    I need to say this, not because I have an application in, because it’s important . Past practice in the city/county is that the seat holder positions typically go to someone who has “done it before”. If we’re living in a time in which were talking about greater diversity, equity and pay, encouraging others to run for office,this is an opportunity to pick a seat holder who might be interested in further Service to the city or county. If it goes to holder with past experience, that opportunity squandered. As it has been commented on this thread, the safe choice is someone who has held the office before, but the right choice would be to spread that opportunity to someone who would otherwise not have it. This is one of the best internships offered and does not happen frequently. Many of the applicants may not of held office before, but they are capable and ready to learn the dynamics for the time that it to be that see you. I Hope the city Council uses this opportunity and uses well.

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