ELECTION 2023: Phil Tavel officially announces Seattle City Council District 1 campaign

The fourth candidate to announce a campaign for the Seattle City Council District 1 seat is the first one who’s run for it before. Twice, in fact. Phil Tavel has just announced he’s running again. In 2015, Tavel finished third in the nine-candidate primary; in 2019, he made it to the general-election ballot, but Lisa Herbold won a second term. Now she is leaving the council and Tavel is making a third run for the job. He is a lawyer and administrative-law judge and former small-business owner who lives in Arbor Heights. According to his announcement (which you can read in full here), Tavel says he would “bring a deep passion for neighborhood small businesses to City Council, as well as nearly 20 years of working in the Criminal Justice System helping those in need. … As an Administrative Law judge and public defense attorney, I’ve seen how local government is failing all of us – especially our most vulnerable. Seattle City Council needs to stop saying ‘yes’ to everything and re-focus on the basics, like keeping our neighborhoods clean, safe, and prosperous for all. … Seattle deserves a City Council that is committed to delivering on its most fundamental promises.” His announcement notes that a new contract with Seattle’s police union “is now more than two-years overdue and must be finalized before we can even start to rebuild our police force.” In the announcement, Tavel also says, “The City must repair its broken system of public outreach and neighborhood councils so that City Leaders can more easily hear the concerns and thoughts of those people that they are meant to be serving.” We plan to talk with Tavel later this week for our next Council Candidate Chat – watch for that Sunday night (March 5th). He’s also having a campaign-kickoff event at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW) at 6 pm Friday, March 10th.

Tavel is the fourth candidate to send an official campaign announcement, after Rob Saka earlier this month and Maren Costa and Preston Anderson last month. Formal filing week is May 15-19, so the field of candidates won’t be finalized until then; the primary election is August 1st.

84 Replies to "ELECTION 2023: Phil Tavel officially announces Seattle City Council District 1 campaign"

  • WestSeattle Lifer February 28, 2023 (12:21 pm)

    Finally a qualified candidate to lead West Seattle on the council. 

    • K February 28, 2023 (5:18 pm)

      Too bad he STILL hasn’t disavowed the hate group he associates with that cost him my vote last time.  Not gonna vote for someone who posts pictures of himself with arms around a leader of the group that regularly posts racist, misogynistic, and anti-homeless nonsense on Facebook.  Seriously, how hard is it to say “I don’t agree with Safe Seattle’s politics or the messages they spread online”?  

  • Fauntleroy Fairy February 28, 2023 (12:54 pm)

    Qualified??? He’s a 2 time loser who is full of empty promises. Under him crime would continue to soar along with taxes and environmentally disgusting  homeless camps. No thank you.

    • Jac February 28, 2023 (2:16 pm)

      I’d love to hear your rational for this thinking. At every turn, Phil has been clear about the need to address crime and homelessness. I’d encourage you to go read his announcement.

      • KM February 28, 2023 (7:12 pm)

        Not agreeing with Fauntleroy Fairy’s sentiments here, but I read Phil’s announcement and notice how he took credit for organizing 5k people to make something happen with the bridge? Like it wasn’t going to be fixed without this? I just don’t really see how he’s done anything that translates into qualifications for city council, several years later. It’s great Phil is actively involved in the West Seattle Junction community, per his statement, but that doesn’t necessarily make him qualified for city council. Does he have an idea about the neighborhoods he has lost in his previous races? He seems supremely focused on the Junction. Phil sounds like a nice guy, but not someone I will vote for to govern. He’s simply not qualified. Hoping for a good challenger to enter the race soon.

        • Jac March 1, 2023 (12:08 pm)

          If you recall correctly, the City was also considering replacing the bridge. It was the West Seattle Bridge Now coalition that rallied stakeholders from the peninsula in favor of repair in the short term with further studies on ultimate replacement. So, no, it wasn’t simply going to be fixed without his advocacy.I’m not sure what Phil’s strategy is in the areas he lost, but I’m sure the team he’s built around himself will guide him on that dilemma.The way I see it, his knowledge of District 1 and the issues we’re dealing with, as well as his demonstrated commitment to advocating on behalf of our neighbors, directly relates to what we need at City Hall. We don’t need any more councilmembers who fail to recognize the importance of maintaining a city and its infrastructure; both built and human. I’m not sure what people mean when they use the word “qualified” in reference to City Council. Single-issue advocates and political insiders might be the loudest in the room, but they are also the first to ignore and neglect our communities in favor of pandering to their base or positioning themselves for  the next highest office.District 1’s focus should be electing a candidate who is focused on District 1 while also recognizing and addressing the holes and redundancies in current systems so we can get our city back on track.

  • M February 28, 2023 (12:58 pm)

    He has my vote “again”

    • 1994 February 28, 2023 (9:18 pm)

      Ditto – AND my Democracy Vouchers!!! They arrived in the mail last week.

    • Gini Johnson March 2, 2023 (8:14 am)

      Phil certainly has my vote again. 

  • Anne February 28, 2023 (1:07 pm)

    We agree on problems-not enough to state them-I want specifics on how to address the problems-not general platitudes . Focus & articulate actual remedies .Otherwise he’s just another one in a long list of politicians who have no substantive ideas for solutions. 

  • Alex February 28, 2023 (2:01 pm)

    Phil is amazing.  Public servant, supports small businesses and an amazing West Seattlite!

    • Anne February 28, 2023 (2:57 pm)

      Agree with all that-I want him to spell out his plans for addressing Seattles issues. Whether anything he might propose would pass the SCC-or not-I want to hear specifics-not generalities. 

  • WestSeattle Lifer February 28, 2023 (2:02 pm)

    During last election I went to many of the candidates fundraisers to hear their plans to fix what they believed to be the most pressing issues in Seattle.  Phil was in my top two candidates.   Lisa Herbold wasn’t.  I will let Phil state his own plans this time around but his background is such that I believe he has a better grasp of balanced government and leadership than others so far in field.  Give everyone a chance but make an informed decision, not just the political line you have drawn for yourself.

  • Jort February 28, 2023 (2:12 pm)

    Phil’s back, yet again! It’s too bad, as during a speech following his most recent blowout loss, he said to the assembled crowd that many of his supporters were so sad they were going “to move out of Seattle.” Hopefully those voters were lying to him, because he’ll sure need every vote he can get! Additionally, I wonder how many local businesses are going to sycophantically hitch their wagons to the Phil Tavel train, only to alienate and push away customers for life. Despite about 10 years of results saying otherwise, so many business owners seem to share in this silly idea that Seattle is just yearning to hear their inputs on who should hold elected office. Advice to local businesses: keep your opinions to yourself if you don’t want to push away customers. They go to your place to shop and eat, not get assaulted with your pushy political propaganda signs.

    • Gary February 28, 2023 (2:43 pm)

      I have to say, Jort, your comments after Herbold’s 2019 victory were among my all-time WSB favorites. This election cycle, please don’t let us down!

    • Seattlite February 28, 2023 (2:48 pm)

      So if I understand your comment correctly, you want to shutdown opinions that differ from others’ opinions and basically shutdown free speech/thinking.  Am I correct?

      • CAM February 28, 2023 (8:01 pm)

        Seattlite no matter what Citizens United said, businesses are not people and do not hold opinions. They are not sentient nor are they capable of thought. Their owners do hold opinions. Should their owners choose to express those opinions at their business in a manner that any customer feels is inconsistent with their own viewpoint or makes them feel “uncomfortable” spending their money there given that they now know where some of it is going, they are well within their rights to walk out and never reenter that business again. It goes the same in reverse when businesses fire their employees for engaging in political activity during work hours. Last time Tavel ran there were a lot of business owners out here that aggressively pushed him in their customers faces and made some pretty factually unsupportable comments about his challengers. They then complained when people said they were feeling unhappy with their favorite businesses making it challenging for them to shop there and that they wished they’d stop. You can’t have it both ways. I still to this day haven’t reengaged at some of those businesses. And before you say it, human rights are not politics. 

        • Seattlite February 28, 2023 (9:38 pm)

          Cam…My comment is clearly based on the Constitution.  It would be unhealthy for citizens not to be able to discuss with each their opinions on political candidates.  I have never worked at any Seattle company that did not allow employees to discuss politics among themselves.  Debate is also healthy in learning more about candidates. 

          • CAM February 28, 2023 (10:35 pm)

            Discussing politics “amongst themselves” meaning your coworkers or other employees of the business is entirely separate from bringing that into your relationships with customers, vendors, or external parties your company does business with. 

      • Jort March 1, 2023 (11:56 am)

        Nope! Businesses: feel free to go out and align yourself with one of two political candidates, one of which will lose and whose supporters will always remember the side you took.  I am not saying businesses should be forced to be silent, but, I’m merely offering them the advice that if they want to preserve a broad customer base, maybe they should consider keeping their mouths shut about their favored political candidate. No business, or person for that matter, has a constitutional entitlement to be supported, beloved and adored after they express any particular viewpoint. If businesses want to align themselves around a political candidate, they’re likely to face consequences for that. If popping off about their favored candidate is more important to them, then by all means, go at it. 

    • WW Resident February 28, 2023 (2:51 pm)

      The good ole fallacy of argumentum ad  populum

    • WW Resident February 28, 2023 (3:16 pm)

      I will also add Jort. I remember people on here calling Tavel right wing and fascist and all this other nonsense that seems to be the progressive hyperbole when they don’t agree with someone who’s a moderate that wants to help local businesses thrive in Seattle. Your stance is apparent with local businesses acting as if they’re not being affected by the crime issues in Seattle and as of they had Gates money coming in, instead of the more realistic thin margin of profit they experience without all the other nonsense. So if Pizza Mart who’s experienced armed robbery in the past two weeks votes for Tavel or supports him because he’ll help support businesses where the new decor in Seattle is plywood, that will alienate people for life? That is soooo fragile. 

      • Jort March 1, 2023 (11:51 am)

        Literally nobody on this blog called Phil Tavel a “fascist,” and you can search the archives yourself to prove it. That is an outrageous lie. Absolutely outrageous. 

    • DH February 28, 2023 (8:02 pm)

      I agree Jort. I was a big fan of West5 but after a disappointing, unexpected fundraising event there for Travel I could barely tolerate the place afterwards. I had some words with the owner and never frequented or felt the same about the place again. Obviously, many things contribute to a businesses demise but I couldn’t fully support West5 afterwards even though I was sad to see them go completely. 

  • Jac February 28, 2023 (2:13 pm)

    Thank God! I had lost hope after seeing the other candidates who’d announced.We had a single-issue candidate in Costa, a candidate plucked out of nowhere by the downtown chamber in Saka, a vague but apparently slightly-left-of-moderate candidate in Anderson, and whatever Lafayette is supposed to be. Tavel is the only serious candidate to announce who is actually involved and present in District 1.  None of the other candidates have an active presence in our district, let alone a history of engagement and service here.With a mostly new council and the likely loss of Mosqueda’s leadership, we will need an adult in the room who is ready to take the core issues head-on. We need a candidate who is focused on public service, not politics. That person is undoubtedly Phil — he absolutely has my vote!!!

  • Delridge Dude February 28, 2023 (2:16 pm)

    YES!! This is the announcement I have been waiting for!  Phil’s dedication to West Seattle is second to none and he is the perfect person to represent us at City Hall.  He knocked on my door in 2019 and we had a nice chat. I was impressed with his understanding of the issues that we deal with up and down the Delridge corridor.  He has my vote! 

  • Jort February 28, 2023 (2:23 pm)

    I also love this quote from Phil: “The City must repair its broken system of public outreach and neighborhood councils so that City Leaders can more easily hear the concerns and thoughts of those people that they are meant to be serving.” Oh, yes, that’s exactly what Seattle needs, more deliberation and discussion between neighborhood homeowner groups and agency bureaucrats who are just trying to get their work done. Yes, gosh, the city isn’t spending nearly enough time attending the roughly 500 monthly neighborhood association group meetings and listening to neighbors offer up insights about the finer points of street parking spots and the presence of RVs. If only there were more ways the city could hear that super useful feedback, like whether a building should be painted a certain color or not, because if one thing’s for sure, it’s that wealthy homeowners’ perspectives are almost totally absent in the existing exhaustive and laborious public feedback process. The generation that mocks “participation trophies” in society also feels like every single opinion they have, no matter how irrelevant, deserves public recognition and acknowledgement.

    • KM February 28, 2023 (5:21 pm)

      That was a serious lol for me too. The dude is running on Seattle Process and fear. Let’s hope for a solid progressive challenger. 

    • Canton February 28, 2023 (11:04 pm)

      We get it jort, you hate the fact that most single family homes have been passed down to the same families that started here. Most of these families started out poor, and have worked regular jobs, to make ends meet. If I was born during the Doc Maynard days, I would be rich. I didn’t, and I am not mad about it. If you want to build a foundation in a area, you bust your arse, and teach your kids to do the same. There is no free ride, just freedom of thought and the ability of creating a good life.

      • Jort March 1, 2023 (11:49 am)


      • Scarlett March 1, 2023 (3:31 pm)

        So your solution is make sure you’re born in the right family, Canton?  This gigantic blindspot, usually – but not always – among so-called “bootstrap conservatives” always completely baffles me.  It’s particularly baffling now when economics has made this upward mobility exponentially more difficult.  

        • Canton March 1, 2023 (10:14 pm)

          Not at all. Jort seems to think that all homeowners are extremely wealthy, and should be taxed out of existence. There are a lot of homeowners/homeborrowers, that live at poverty level. The broad brush can’t be applied.

          • Scarlett March 2, 2023 (7:10 am)

            Yes, but the fact that some homeowners are house rich and income poor doesn’t negate the reality I described and the financial options  and security that having a  house can provide.  More broadly, the multi-generational accumulation of wealth and distribution to offspring, giving some a huge head start in life and financial cushion over others.  Some young people can take their entire 20’s and 30’s to “find themselves” because they have mom and dad’s resources (and likely a house) while others are faced with the reality of surviving on their own from an early age.  

          • Canton March 2, 2023 (8:57 am)

            A home is a financial burden that can be upended at any time for various reasons. Take for instance the homes along light rail. These homes will be destroyed, and the owners will be given fair market value. That means they will have to move 40 miles away to find a similar residence. Sounds secure right?

  • Ivan Weiss February 28, 2023 (2:36 pm)

    Aw, Phil, why are you doing this again? Didn’t you get beat up enough the last two times?

  • StuckInWestSeattle February 28, 2023 (2:37 pm)

    I voted for him last time. Ill wait and see how things shake out but I think he is a step in the right direction. Its too early to decide on candidates but he came close before and if ranked choice gets implemented he has a much better chance. Probably why Herbold and Sawant finally bowed out. Signing up the homeless to vote for them wont work with that.

  • J February 28, 2023 (2:38 pm)

    Thank you Phil for caring so much about D1 that you are running again! Finally a candidate that gets it; being a true public servant that is fully accessible and making public safety one of your top priorities. Looking forward to canvassing for you too! You have lots of support! With your intimate knowledge of our community and being a current public servant in the justice system, you will undoubtedly listen to the citizens and champion real solutions to the challenges we face. PHIL TAVEL/ PUBLIC SERVANT! Let’s go!

  • Seattlite February 28, 2023 (2:44 pm)

    Hats off to Tavel for stepping up for another run as a city council candidate.I voted for Tavel when he last ran for city council based on his common sense approach to Seattle’s gigantic, out-of-control homeless problems.  I got the impression that Tavel wanted more transparency on how many dollars were being spent on the homeless problems without any results. Also, Tavel gave the impression that he would actually listen to Seattle’s voters regarding all of Seattle’s problems with crime, police officer shortage.During this run,  Tavel needs to come out with his specific plans on fixing Seattle’s major problems and give specific time-frames on resolving each problem. 

  • Lola February 28, 2023 (2:58 pm)

    Yes finally someone with some B@!!$

  • Lucy February 28, 2023 (3:18 pm)

    Real diversity on the City Council would include a conservative.

    • Amy February 28, 2023 (5:14 pm)

      Uh sure-I’m pretty sure anyone of any political view point can run for the city council. 

    • Adam February 28, 2023 (5:21 pm)

      The only diversity I give a sh— about is diversity in thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Let’s quit pretending that differences are always found in how we appear physically on the outside as if skin color and gender are like mental team jerseys, and let’s quit pretending we have to sidle up with Team A or Team B as if every question only has two completely opposing choices for answers. Let’s just make candidates answer real questions and let’s just keep asking those very same questions no matter how often they want to talk their way around them. Look at their past votes if they’ve led before, let’s look at their past work in politics or whatever they did before. This isn’t really as hard as we make it. 

  • Charles February 28, 2023 (3:29 pm)

    I voted for him last time and though he didn’t win, thats democracry.I hope he gets a chance in office this time.

  • Libra February 28, 2023 (4:16 pm)

    Fingers crossed that his third time will be the charm!

  • Alex February 28, 2023 (4:25 pm)

    Last election Phil held the water communities but lost to Herbold in South Park and the interior of West Seattle.   Let’s hope South Park/WS Interior is fed up with an activist council and can see Phil Tavel now.

    • Jethro Marx February 28, 2023 (4:50 pm)

      I am very curious where you heard the term “water communities;” I wonder what ties these communities together, other than water? 

      • CAM February 28, 2023 (7:50 pm)

        The dollars that brought them closer to the water and their desire to hoard them in their bank accounts. 

    • DH February 28, 2023 (7:49 pm)

      So by “water communities” you mean the rich people on the coastal edges. As an “interior” person ( guess that means lower income) I’ll continue to not only vote against Phil but to advocate against him where I can. Sorry, not sorry if our lower “interior” values are causing you rich folks problems. 

  • Oh Seattle February 28, 2023 (4:32 pm)

    Any reasonably viable candidate who can trigger Jort this hard has my vote.

  • Peter February 28, 2023 (4:37 pm)

    What part of “no” do you not understand?

  • Mickymse February 28, 2023 (5:04 pm)

    I’m pleased that Phil is listening to the many former supporters who have asked him to run again. Some of our best local (and national) leaders lost more than one race before getting elected and going on to leave amazing legacies for Americans.Some of us also like Phil, but weren’t interested in replacing a strong representative like Lisa, who we have known and worked with for years. Now that Lisa has decided to step down, what better time for folks to take a fresh, new look at Phil? Unlike many former candidates, Phil never went anywhere. He was involved in our community before deciding to run, and continued to be involved after running. You can’t say that about many of our local politicians. I want someone who cares about D1 to represent D1, and I hope you do too.

    • Ivan Weiss February 28, 2023 (5:27 pm)

      I know a lot of people who maintain a high level of involvement in the various West Seattle communities who I would prefer not to see on the City Council. I have spoken at length with Phil over the years about his two candidacies, and about city policy in general. My relationship with Phil has been cordial and friendly throughout, and I’m confident it will remain so. In short, I like him. He’s a good guy. But fact is, the voters haven’t bought what he was selling twice now, and it remains to be seen if he can reinvent himself in a field with no incumbent, and avoid being perceived as shopworn.

      • Canton February 28, 2023 (10:42 pm)

        If you have met and know Phil and respect his local contributions, why do you think his running is unjust? Are his options different than yours?

        • Ivan Weiss March 1, 2023 (8:02 am)

          “Why do you think his running is ‘unjust’ ” Hey, pal, you don’t get to put thoughts in my head, or words in my mouth. 

          • Canton March 1, 2023 (10:19 am)

            Ok. Let me rephrase it. Phil is a good community guy, but shouldn’t run for council. Isn’t that what your last paragraph says?

          • Ivan Weiss March 1, 2023 (2:10 pm)

            No, it’s not what my last paragraph says. Phil has been rejected by the voters twice now, and as such, the burden of proof will be on him to persuade the voters that this time is different. Is that really so difficult to grasp? I think it’s pretty bloody obvious, even to Phil and his supporters. It’s certainly not any anti-Phil statement. It’s just stating the facts.

          • Canton March 1, 2023 (10:24 pm)

            So Phil has been outvoted (“rejected”) in previous campaigns, and should shoulder a “burden of proof” ? Every candidate needs to prove their ideals to the campaign right? Not just Phil?

          • Ivan Weiss March 2, 2023 (7:33 am)

            Are you being willfully obtuse? Of course every candidate bears a burden of proof. But this article is specifically about Phil. He is the only candidate in this election so far who has run for this seat before. So this applies to him and to him alone.

          • Canton March 2, 2023 (10:30 am)

            Seems you are being the obtuse one. Your previous comment:” Aw, Phil. Why are you doing this again? Didn’t you get beat up enough last 2 times?”, sounds a bit antagonistic.

  • Kadoo February 28, 2023 (5:40 pm)

    I’m glad Phil is running again!

  • mem February 28, 2023 (5:41 pm)

    Phil- my democracy vouchers are in the mail. Good luck and best wishes- I hope you win!

  • New year, same guy? February 28, 2023 (6:20 pm)

    If some need a reminder of Phil Tavel’s stances in 2019 you can read about them in many places including here: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/10/16/41704876/no-phil-tavel-the-stranger-does-not-agree-with-your-homelessness-policies

    • Jeepney March 1, 2023 (6:35 am)

      I value The Stranger’s opinion as much as I value Fox News opinion.

    • anonyme March 1, 2023 (10:13 am)

      I agree with Jeepney.  The Stranger was once my go-to reference during elections, but not anymore.  And the article linked above is mostly The Stranger throwing a hissy fit because they somehow felt that Tavel was claiming its support when it was not.  It includes little to nothing about his stance on homelessness.  I’m not interested in anyone’s opinions or feelings, just some concrete plans.   Still waiting to hear those from any of the candidates, including Tavel.

  • JML February 28, 2023 (7:11 pm)

    Yay! Phil has my vote.  Something different than the empty cotton ball promises.  No more fluff.  Time to shake this city up.  No more Lisa!  Best news!  

  • DH February 28, 2023 (7:42 pm)

    No thanks, Phil. We already said no. 

  • Ronald Zuber February 28, 2023 (7:56 pm)

    I would be happy to stand on a corner with your sign!

  • Karl Tull February 28, 2023 (8:31 pm)

    Stop all this arguing and partisan discourse. Imma throwing’ down the gavel. LETS ALL VOTE FOR PHIL TAVEL!!!

  • MrB February 28, 2023 (9:12 pm)

    Phil has our vote! Go Phil! 

  • Deb Barker February 28, 2023 (9:52 pm)

    I’m really glad that Phil has decided to run to represent District 1. Unlike the last campaigns, I am now ready to vote for Phil for City Council. I am going to support his campaign with my Democracy Vouchers and I urge others to do the same. Phil walks the talk and you know where his dedication is focused – it is clearly on District 1.  I appreciate that. I also appreciate that he is a person who can help opposing sides find common-ground and move forward. IMO, this is a rare talent that is desperately needed on the City Council. You have earned my vote and my support Phil. Go Tavel!! 

  • Andy March 1, 2023 (5:34 am)

    I voted for Phil last time, and I expect to vote for him again.  Seattle needs him.   

  • Jack March 1, 2023 (8:25 am)

    Phil is ever present in west seattle   Not just comin outa nowhere to run  genuinely cares about west seattle and is not new to the system  nice to have someone who doesn’t want to change the world  but will do his job and take care of his district 

  • WS Guy March 1, 2023 (9:24 am)

    I’d vote for Phil, he’s the best in the bunch right now but I think he’s too soft on crime, policing, and vagrancy.  I’m hoping for a candidate that will use words like “crackdown” and “tough love”.  Sadly all the years of neglect by the council means we now need leadership that goes beyond moderates like Phil.

  • bg March 1, 2023 (11:07 am)

    The spread in 2019 was huge, he lost by almost 10 points: https://ballotpedia.org/Phillip_Tavel. However, you could argue that Herbold had the incumbent advantage, and city politics has changed drastically after 2020. Consider that Davison was also a two-time loser when she won in 2021.

    Do we think Phil could pull it off this time? I hope so, but let’s admit it will take a lot of luck and projecting the right image. 

    • CAM March 1, 2023 (4:40 pm)

      Those numbers are worse than you are making them out to be. 

      1. In 2014 Tavel ran for district court judge and lost by nearly 30 pts.

      2. In 2015 Tavel ran in the primary and came in 3rd to 2 candidates more progressive than him. The spread between his vote total and theirs was nearly 40 pts.

      3. In 2019 Tavel came in 2nd in the primary and was down by 18 pts. The candidate in 3rd place, who was far more conservative than Herbold and closer in political rhetoric to Tavel, got about 17% of the vote in the primary. 

      4. In the general election Tavel did reduce the gap to about 12 points but he didn’t hold all of the 3rd place vote and Herbold increased her vote share from the primary totals. 

      5. 2022 was a bounce back midterm election which trended more conservative across the board across the entire country. That won’t hold to another election cycle in a city like Seattle. 

      • bg March 1, 2023 (10:38 pm)

        I’m not sure what you mean by that he didn’t hold all of the 3rd place vote. In 2019, Tavel and Kolding together got 12,993 in the primary, and in the general Tavel got 15,787. The big increase in turnout mostly went to Herbold. I really doubt any Kolding voters went for Herbold, lol. Of course this election is shaping up to be different in that regard in that he won’t have anyone to the right of him (so far).

        You are probably right about 2022 being unique. One thing I am curious about is of the people who left Seattle in the last few years, how they lean politically, and whether that will impact these elections. 

  • 937 March 1, 2023 (11:44 am)

    I heard a rumor a while back that Phil was going to be running again… This enlivens my spirit. I am SO hopeful (I would have been for the other candidate as well). Going to be writing my check today to Phil and I can’t WAIT for my yard sign… Who’s with me??

    • Gini Johnson March 2, 2023 (8:16 am)

      Me! Yard signs please! 

  • Laura Palmer March 1, 2023 (7:56 pm)

    No thanks, Phil. Keep your Amazon funded paws off of our district.

    • N March 1, 2023 (8:45 pm)

      You do realize they never contributed any money to any of his campaigns, it’s public record 

      • CAM March 1, 2023 (11:42 pm)

        They funded the PACs that put out the ads promoting his, and similar candidates’, campaigns. That’s not a fine line in the sand. 

        • Nichole March 2, 2023 (1:46 pm)

          All of which he did not seek out or ask for. 

    • 1994 March 1, 2023 (10:44 pm)

      Amazon  already has it’s paws in our district! Every day I see a minimum of 10 Amazon branded delivery vehicles! When was the last time you saw Amazon in the hood? Let me answer that for you — daily !!!

  • Dan on Delridge March 2, 2023 (7:24 pm)

    Phil, my vouchers are headed your way!  

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