ELECTION 2018: Shannon Braddock becomes first candidate to announce a run for 34th District State Senate seat

A week and a half after State Senator Sharon Nelson announced she won’t run for re-election, the first candidate has come forward: Shannon Braddock, who narrowly lost the first-ever District 1 race for City Council in 2015. The announcement from her campaign:

Democrat Shannon Braddock, a longtime advocate for children and senior member of County Executive Dow Constantine’s administration, has announced that she will run for the State Senate in District 34, which includes West Seattle, North Highline, Vashon and Maury Islands, and parts of Burien. Braddock, who previously served as Chief of Staff to County Councilmember Joe McDermott, is seeking to replace Majority Leader Sharon Nelson, who is retiring.

“I’m excited to bring the progressive values of our region to the State Senate, where we need to continue working to pass common sense gun laws, invest in early learning, provide behavioral health and addiction support that restores lives, and reform taxes to help working and middle-class families,” said Braddock, mother of three Seattle Public Schools students. “I’m grateful for Senator Nelson’s leadership on so many issues and helping break partisan logjams preventing action on regional priorities. It’s been a privilege to work on behalf of the district the past 8 years and I look forward to joining our strong 34th District legislative team in taking on the tough issues and making real progress for local communities.”

Braddock is on the board of WestSide Baby, a volunteer-based organization that provides support to low-income mothers and their babies and she previously served on the Board of the West Seattle Food Bank. At the County, she helped ensure passage of the highly successful Best Starts for Kids programs—targeting resources to early learning, behavioral intervention, and other critical investments.

“I’ve always focused on issues that help give kids the best start in life, and the opportunities to thrive,” said Braddock. “This is why I am so passionate about expanding early learning, so we don’t rely on local governments to fill the gaps that should be part of a comprehensive state investment in the education and welfare of all children, regardless of zip code or economic status.”

Braddock is also committed to carrying the passion and energy of the thousands of local students who marched for stronger gun laws to Olympia, consistent with her commitment to healthy children and families.

“The safety and well being of our kids in school is something we took for granted too long and is at risk of being dangerously exploited by the cynical gun lobby and their allies in the White House,” said Braddock. “We must take real action on removing guns—and access to guns—from the hands of young people, dangerous individuals, and those most at risk of violence. We have the tools to save lives. We need to stop making excuses and allowing the NRA to tell us there is nothing we can do other than arm teachers. Let’s get real about this crisis and put kids ahead of the gun lobby.”

Braddock has worked regionally on coordinating and seeking reforms in the delivery of mental, health, addiction, and homelessness services, including working to pass the successful Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services levy renewal in 2017. She views Olympia as a needed partner in helping remove the burden on local taxpayers to address a statewide crisis.

“Local voters and cities across the region have stepped up to do their part to tackle the related crises of addiction and homelessness,” said Braddock. “But we need more from the State to provide uniform access to early intervention and treatment, transitional programs that prevent relapse, training in life and job skills that restore lives and to rebuild self-sufficiency. We can and must address these issues in a more comprehensive, compassionate way.”

Braddock says she will begin knocking on doors throughout the district and will announce a formal campaign kickoff for later in the Spring.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity and look forward to meeting with voters, union workers, small business owners, community leaders, and families about how we can improve our communities,” said Braddock. “While Washington, DC may be trying to take us in the wrong direction, we must move forward here in Washington State with progressive policies and leadership that brings every voice to the table.”

The official filing period isn’t until mid-May. One otherwise-likely candidate has already announced he’s NOT in the running: State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, who says he’ll run for House re-election instead.

38 Replies to "ELECTION 2018: Shannon Braddock becomes first candidate to announce a run for 34th District State Senate seat"

  • John April 6, 2018 (1:17 pm)

    Good to see Shannon Braddock running again.

    I just wish she had beat Lisa Herbold in 2015, especially seeing Herbold’s recent council votes.

    • CAM April 6, 2018 (1:48 pm)

      I’m fairly certain Braddock lost that election to Herbold because people were put off that her campaign was primarily funded by developers. If I’m remembering correctly. 

    • Peter April 6, 2018 (4:01 pm)

      Ditto. I’ve never liked Herbold’s policies, and I think she is trying to take the city in the wrong direction. Hopefully we’ll get other good candidates to oppose her.

    • Kadoo April 6, 2018 (4:34 pm)

      Amen to all of that. I was so sorry Shannon lost the city council spot to Herbold, and very happy she’s running for this office. 

  • Valancy April 6, 2018 (1:37 pm)

    YES!!! Shannon’s energetic, progressive, level-headed leadership is precisely what we need more of in Olympia. So glad she’s running!

  • Darryll April 6, 2018 (1:40 pm)

    Shannon Braddock will be better at the state level than just about anyone else I can think of.  So glad to hear she’s going for it.

  • Patrick April 6, 2018 (2:01 pm)

    Should she be elected, I hope she is serious with the last part of the announcement….’leadership that brings every voice to the table.’   Unfortunately, those of us that are conservative, or even moderate, as I am,  feel zero representation because we are not far enough left.  This is especially true at the city level and its radical leadership.  I agree with you John, Lisa Herbold has done nothing for our area.  Nothing except  pander to the special interest lobbying groups  that she hopes will stick by during the next election cycle.  As Braddock put it, the citizens of our city have done more than their part(as in 10’s of million dollars more) to resolve the addicted homeless issues.  Yet it continues to spiral downhill and the only solution from our ‘lack of leadership’ is to spend more money.  

    • John April 6, 2018 (3:43 pm)


      What do you propose to resolve the homeless addicted issues?

      And how can your solution be accomplished without spending more money?

      • 34 res April 6, 2018 (6:06 pm)

        John – 

        It is not Patrick’s job to solved the homelessness / addiction problem.  He pays $$ taxes to local, regional and state government so they can solve the issues.  We all do.  And we all have paid more than enough money -Seattle and King County spent nearly $200 million of our tax dollars last year to address homelessness.  Think about that.


        When you tell John that he must now come up with ideas to solve the problem, that is the equivalent of going to the dentist to get a cavity filled.  The dentist takes your money and scrapes off some plaque.  Cavity not filled. Then when you ask about the cavity, the dentist says “well, how do YOU think we should solve that?”

        • John April 7, 2018 (10:41 am)

          34 RES,

          That is a poor and meaningless analogy.

              How about:

              Why does our country still have criminals when we pay the police to stop them?

              Why are the roads clogged when we pay for the government for them?

              Why are there still wars when we pay so much for our military?

              Why are there  sick people when we pay so much for health care?

              Why are there illegal drugs coming in when we spend so much to prevent them?

          Why, why, why?


      • Marty April 6, 2018 (8:03 pm)

        Great comment! What’s her thoughts on heroin injection sites in OUR neighborhoods? Is that healthy for our children? 

      • patrick April 7, 2018 (9:05 am)

        John, we elect our leaders with the expectation to solve many of these issues.  I have several thoughts to solve this, the most basic of which is ENFORCE THE CURRENT LAWS.  Those that can’t follow basic rules of society, should be incarcerated.  I know, it costs money too, but better spent there which will allow our community not to have to deal with the filth and dangers of this lifestyle. Hopefully, they would have less likey a chance to get a hold of these drugs which might help them get clean.   I have more, but in the interest of time, I have questions for you John…..

        How much is enough?  What amount of money do you think should be enough? How many needles are you tired of seeing strewn about on public property where our children play?  How much garbage lining our public property do you like to see?   How much stolen property works for you. Or perhaps you think each addict needs 4-5 bikes?  How much property damage are you willing to accept?   Are you ready for the spread of some contagious bacterial disease to start spreading into the general public?  You must have read that several diseases are already rampant in the tent cities!   How much public urination and defecation are you willing to look at and smell?  How much longer are you willing to accept our special interest supported city leaders condone and encourage people from other parts of the country to come here and enjoy you tax dollars?  For society’s sake,  I hope you are close to your limit. 

        • John April 8, 2018 (10:58 am)


          Your only suggestion, “I know, it costs money too, but better spent there which will allow our community not to have to deal with the filth and dangers of this lifestyle.” would have staggering costs.

          To incarcerate just Seattle’s homeless would cost $150 million per year.

          Throw Seattle and King County together with 10,000 homeless in jail would cost $500 million which dwarfs the $200 million you mention for last year.

          That is some solution with two and one half times the costs and no end in sight.  As what happens after they spend a year in prison?  What do you suggest then?  How long do you propose incarcerating them?

          As far as asking me how much is enough?

          I am not close to any limit for eliminating compassionate treatment of other less fortunate human beings.  

          Your laundry list of complaints greatly exaggerate the very real problem that exists.  

          And your claim that “special interest supported city leaders condone and encourage people from other parts of the country to come here and enjoy you tax dollars” is absolutely false.  What special interests encourage out of the area homeless here?

  • HTB April 6, 2018 (2:46 pm)

    Very excited about this. I voted for Braddock last time and was disappointed when she lost. To my mind, she was much more relatable with that “PTA Mom” vibe that made me think she could better empathize with the average citizen as opposed to those who work for social service agencies. Herbold is total joke with no conception of what it is like to live and work here in West Seattle. Here’s hoping Shannon can bring some insight and expertise to the state legislature.

  • Question Authority April 6, 2018 (3:17 pm)

    Even though Sharon leans quite Left her experience alone makes her a fine enough candidate.  Thankfully, ex Burien City Council member Lauren Berkowitz who rumor has it wants to run as well is sadly known to be divisive, argumentative and touts such an extreme progressive view she is burning bridges within the 34th faster than they can distance themselves from her.  Go Sharon!

  • Peter April 6, 2018 (3:57 pm)

    This is awesome! Although I was holding out hope Braddock would run against Herbold again. Guess we’ll have to find someone else to kick Herbold out of city hall.

  • Eggsonvashon April 6, 2018 (4:16 pm)

    I know this isn’t a Herbold thread, but just for the record I agree with everyone here who says electing her was a mistake. She lacks leadership and is pretty much bullied by other council members, special interest groups, party leadership, and even her own staffers and committee heads.  Here’s hoping she’ll do one term and go away, but like her mentor Licatta she loves limelight and the fat paycheck.

    • My two cents ... April 6, 2018 (6:33 pm)

      Here, here!

      One term and go away? Not on her own volition – you pegged it though, limelight and paycheck will keep her running again and again and again ….

    • Toowrong April 7, 2018 (2:30 pm)


      like Lisa and her policies, or hate them- your comment cannot be more false. Lisa is who she is, and believes as she does, and is uniquely in it for all the right reasons. She is open and listens, and will defend her perceived wronged until her dying breath. Sometimes the ideology doesn’t translate in real world application, but she is certainly one of the strongest and most selfless people I’ve ever met. 

  • Onion April 6, 2018 (5:18 pm)

    Voted for Shannon also, but actually pretty pleased with Lisa so far.  She has dissented from the progressive consensus a number of times when she felt the numbers didn’t add up.  Lisa deserves a lot of credit for that.

    Very Glad that we might have Shannon representing us in Olympia.

  • The truth April 6, 2018 (5:18 pm)

    I too wish there was 40 more voters that went for Shannon.  For all of you wanting Lisa to no longer rep you, stay engaged.  A great candidate will emerge, will provide leadership and will work to speak for all West Seattleites.  When they appear, you need To support them.  Going up against an incumbent that has voted in ways that will solicite union support is a rough task.  Wven if the other person is pro union the funding will go to the incumbent.  Funding matters, visable support matters, door belling matters.  Don’t just resent Lisa, actively support another!  We can change this around.   

  • J.R. April 6, 2018 (5:52 pm)

    Exciting news. Go Shannon! We’ll be there to support you.

  • Alex Fryer April 6, 2018 (6:21 pm)

    Can’t wait to vote for Shannon in November! We need her strong voice in Olympia. 

  • My two cents ... April 6, 2018 (6:31 pm)

    Good news! Glad to hear that she is running – felt she had a pragmatic view towards getting things accomplished as opposed to the grandstanding approach of others. 

    Just wish she would have had a chance to represent us from a City perspective/level.

  • Jon Wright April 6, 2018 (6:58 pm)

    Since to date, nobody anywhere has demonstrated they have an acceptable solution to the homeless situation, why would you think the people we have elected to our city government are somehow the 9 top experts who are going to solve it? They are regular folks, just like us. 

    I’m sure there are plenty of in city government who have lots of good ideas, but they are probably constrained politically by armchair quarterbacks like Patrick who second guess what the city tries to do without any better solutions. It is easy to be a critic, it much more difficult to be a problem solver.

    And I find your dentist analogy is flawed, because dentists don’t have a city full of constituents who think they all know better looking over their shoulder, questioning everything.

    • 34 res April 6, 2018 (8:32 pm)

      What about the $200 million spent last year Jon?  As citizens, we darn well should be “looking over their shoulder”, especially when they are spending that kind of money to address a problem that is only growing.  No matter how you look at it, that’s’ a sh!tload of money.

      Or do you prefer a government where citizens like Patrick can’t or shouldn’t second guess anything their reps do because it might slow them down?  I’m sure the guy in the White House would agree with you there.  “Stop second guessing!  What kind of representative government do you think this is?”

      • Jon Wright April 7, 2018 (9:34 pm)

        I prefer an informed constituency that brings intelligent and constructive thoughts to public policy debate,

  • BuyPie2006 April 6, 2018 (7:15 pm)

     Question: Is it true that in the 34th you have to have worked for an incumbent in order to get elected?

    The 34th seems to be the most “old boys network” in the state. Follow the bouncing ball…..  Time to serve your slave masters, sheep. Don’t rock the boat by voting for the most qualified candidate. Just shut your mouth and eat your soup.  There is a way that we do things here, and don’t you dare try to change things.

     Now having said all that I will say that Braddock seems to be one of the better people shoved down our throats. I too was hoping she would try to unseat Herbold, but that wouldn’t be acceptable by the party masters. 

  • Marty April 6, 2018 (7:45 pm)

    Progressive values.  Let me use google translate= tax increases with no results!  If she is so family oriented why is it most families in West Seattle have to have both parents work to pay the progressive’s tax increases?  Tax increases do not solve problems.  I’ll be “thrilled” meeting someone running for office that wants to control spending and “LOWER” our taxes!

    • Marty April 6, 2018 (8:24 pm)

      I forgot to mention why Shannon Braddock is “excited” about running for office!  She has 117,000 reasons  running for office,  I got this off the Internet:

      “Seattle City Councilmembers receive over $117,000 a year – the second highest of any city council in the country. Inevitably, such a salary removes Councilmembers from the realities of life for working people. I will only take home $40,000 per year. This amount is roughly the full-time take-home pay of a Seattleite.Jan 27, 2014 

      How about donating $80,000 to a homeless shelter for women and childern if you get elected. Most homeless shelters are for men!

      • WSB April 6, 2018 (8:39 pm)

        She’s not running for council. I mentioned her *2015* council run in the introduction to her announcement because it might be the only time some had previously heard of her. She’s announced that she is running for State Senate, which is a part-time job that pays about $47,000/year according to the references I found including https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_state_government_salary

        As for how much $ Seattle people make on average, this analysis of people filing tax returns put it at less than $50,000. But the *median* (not average, half make more, half make less) has been most recently cited as $80,000.

      • Diane April 7, 2018 (1:50 pm)

        Marty, that quote you “got this off the internet” re city council pay, is a quote from CM Kshama Sawant, who committed to only taking the average worker salary of $40k (that was during her 1st campaign several years ago; that avg salary is now higher) instead of the $117k city council salary, which I think is also now higher; is it $120k now?

  • Ivan April 7, 2018 (6:48 am)

    It’s nice to see that the five or ten right-wingers who remain in the 34th District, including the notorious “Question Authority” from Burien who can’t comment on B-Town Blog anymore,  have all stopped listening to Dori Monson  long enough to come to WSB to trash the best, most experienced, most responsive City Council member Seattle has, while at the same time expressing their undying support for the candidate of landlords and developers. 

    Enjoy yourselves, kids. We’ll see you at your doors in 2019. You’ll find out loud and clear that your views don’t represent those of the electorate at large.

    • Question Authority April 7, 2018 (10:17 am)

      Dearest Ivan,

      For the record I will mention I am not a Right Winger, just not a fan of Liberal Socialism or extreme Progressive values where constant rising taxes are supposed to fix societal ills.  In addition the BTown blog does not allow  commenting by anyone, and I have never tuned into Dori Monson as I think he’s a jerk.  And as part of public record Sharon is not a City of Seattle Council member so your really not doing well with your accusations.  Thank you.

    • 34 res April 7, 2018 (3:06 pm)

      Ivan – are you the Ivan of the local Dems?  If so (and even if not) – here’s the thing.  I’m a lifelong Democrat. Your approach and attitude is only pushing members of the party away.  We’re not interested in purity tests or being called a ‘right-winger’ if we disagree with you or a few choice others.  If you’re trying to build strength in the party for 2019 you’re way off base.  Read this thread.  QA is not the only one being critical of Herbold, yet you are trying to paint them as some sort of lone dissenter.  Bummer.  Good luck with that.  

  • clue collar man April 7, 2018 (8:17 am)

    An obviously capable candidate and devotee of public service. However, her support of Chris Hansen’s arena during her council run ought to be deal breaker. I will be waiting to see who else shows up.

    • Question Authority April 7, 2018 (6:42 pm)

      The SODO arena choice had always made more sense, multiple mass transit options nearby speak volumes over congested lower Queen Anne so actually she was correct in her backing.

  • J.R. April 7, 2018 (9:23 am)

    Shannon will be an excellent member of the State Senate and a worthy successor to the great Sharon Nelson! It’s time to step forward and give her your support.

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