West Seattle politics – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:30:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 ELECTION 2018: Four-digit vote lead for Joe Nguyen over Shannon Braddock in third primary count for 34th District State Senate https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-2018-four-digit-vote-lead-for-joe-nguyen-over-shannon-braddock-in-third-primary-count-for-34th-district-state-senate/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-2018-four-digit-vote-lead-for-joe-nguyen-over-shannon-braddock-in-third-primary-count-for-34th-district-state-senate/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 03:01:29 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925009 The third vote count of the primary election is out, and in the 34th District State Senate race, Joe Nguyen‘s lead over Shannon Braddock has widened in a big way – now more than 1,400 votes. The vote counts won’t be final until August 21st; here’s how the full 11-candidate field stands:

Joe Nguyen 10,505 29.82%
Shannon Braddock 9,014 25.59%
Lois Schipper 3,408 9.68%
Sofia Aragon 3,109 8.83%
Darla Green 2,866 8.14%
Courtney Lyle 2,184 6.2%
Lisa Ryan Devereau 1,152 3.27%
Debi Wagner 1,128 3.2%
Annabel Quintero 911 2.59%
Hillary Shaw 585 1.66%
Lemuel W. Charleston 361 1.02%

Full updated results from King County are here; turnout (counted ballots) is now up to 34.6 percent. If you want to check the Congressional races, here’s the state website.

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ELECTION 2018: Joe Nguyen widens lead over Shannon Braddock in 2nd primary-results count https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-2018-joe-nguyen-widens-lead-over-shannon-braddock-in-2nd-primary-results-count/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-2018-joe-nguyen-widens-lead-over-shannon-braddock-in-2nd-primary-results-count/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2018 23:36:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924917 In the just-released second count of primary-election results, Joe Nguyen has widened his lead in the no-incumbent 34th District State Senate race. On election night, he led Shannon Braddock by 199 votes; after today’s count, he is 461 votes ahead. As the top two by far in the 11-candidate field, the two West Seattle Democrats will advance to the November general election. (See the full updated results slate here.) The winner will succeed Sharon Nelson as state senator for the 34th Legislative District, which includes West Seattle, White Center and vicinity, Vashon and Maury Islands, and part of Burien.

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ELECTION 2018: First primary results for 34th District State Senate, King County Prop 1 https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-2018-first-primary-results-for-34th-district-state-senate-king-county-prop-1/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-2018-first-primary-results-for-34th-district-state-senate-king-county-prop-1/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2018 03:10:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924785 8:10 PM: The first vote count is in. Here’s how the no-incumbent 34th District State Senate race stands (updated with all 11 candidates, then updated again with vote counts – percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth):

Joe Nguyen 6,769 27.7%
Shannon Braddock 6,570 26.9%
Lois Schipper 2,324 9.5%
Darla Green 2,158 8.8%
Sofia Aragon 2,025 8.3%
Courtney Lyle 1,669 6.8%
Lisa Ryan Devereau 850 3.5%
Debi Wagner 796 3.3%
Annabel Quintero 609 2.5%
Hillary Shaw 416 1.7%
Lem Charleston 264 1.1%

And this election’s one ballot measure, the King County Prop 1 replacement levy for automated fingerprint ID: 56% yes, 44% no.

More to come; see the full King County results list here, and the statewide results list (for a full look at U.S. Senate, Congress, etc.) here.

ADDED 9:31 PM: Once the results were in (next count isn’t until Wednesday), we stopped by the top two candidates’ parties for photos and a quick comment on video. Joe Nguyen was at Ounces in North Delridge:

Shannon Braddock was at Pizzeria 22 in Admiral:

We asked them both the same question: How will you appeal to the people who didn’t vote for you on this ballot?

Both are West Seattle residents. The 34th District also includes White Center and vicinity, Vashon and Maury Islands, and part of Burien. Next results update is expected Wednesday afternoon.

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FOLLOWUP: Unanimous Council approval for Orchard Street Ravine expansion acquisition https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-unanimous-council-approval-for-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-acquisition/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-unanimous-council-approval-for-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-acquisition/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 23:37:23 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924668 Quick followup on the city’s planned purchase of a parcel expanding the Orchard Street Ravine “passive park” in Gatewood – the $235,000 purchase, to be funded by Park District levy money, just got unanimous final approval from the full Council. The 5600-square-foot parcel at 7137 38th SW, on a slope past a dead end (shown on this map), currently holds a dilapidated house that will be demolished, with an additional ~$125,000 to be spent on that and other costs. Full backstory is in our two previous reports – here and here.

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VOTE! Tuesday’s your deadline for getting your primary-election ballot out https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/vote-tuesdays-your-deadline-for-getting-your-primary-election-ballot-out/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/vote-tuesdays-your-deadline-for-getting-your-primary-election-ballot-out/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 04:31:31 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924600

If you haven’t already voted, dig up your ballot to get it done and send it out! Tuesday is your last chance to get it in either a dropbox or a mailbox. It’s not a long ballot (here’s what it looks like) but you have three major decisions:

34th District State Senate: 11 people are running for this open seat. Which two will advance to November? Here’s the order in which they’re listed on the ballot, with party preference – the names link to their infopages on the state website (with everything from resumé toplines to links showing you who donated to their campaigns):

Joe Nguyen (Prefers Democratic Party)
Lois Schipper (Prefers Democratic Party)
Sofia Aragon (Prefers Democratic Party)
Courtney Lyle (Prefers Republican Party)
Hillary Shaw (States No Party Preference)
Annabel Quintero (Prefers Democratic Party)
Lemuel W. Charleston (Prefers Democrat Party)
Shannon Braddock (Prefers Democratic Party)
Darla Green (Prefers Republican Party)
Debi Wagner (Prefers Independent Party)
Lisa Ryan Devereau (Prefers Democratic Party)

We’ve covered four forums in this race, all with video: White Center Chamber of Commerce‘s forum, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum, West Seattle Democratic Women‘s forum, 34th District Democrats‘ forum.

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Maria Cantwell has 28 challengers. Which two of the 29 candidates (all listed here) will make it to the general election?

King County Prop 1: Replacement levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System Services

TO VOTE: This is the first election with prepaid postage, so if you send your ballot via US Postal Service mail, you do NOT need a stamp. You can also use a county dropbox – there’s one in West Seattle, alongside the High Point Library at 3411 SW Raymond, and you have until 8 pm Tuesday to drop off your ballot there. (The full countywide list is here.)

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City Council committee to consider Orchard Street Ravine expansion purchase Wednesday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/city-council-committee-to-consider-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase-wednesday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/city-council-committee-to-consider-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase-wednesday/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:23:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924153

The Gatewood park known as Orchard Street Ravine might soon be a little bigger. Tomorrow, a City Council committee will consider the proposed purchase of a parcel adjacent to OSR, 7137 38th SW, a 5,600-square-foot parcel north of park boundaries (as shown on this map), currently holding the dilapidated century-plus-old house shown in the King County Assessor’s Office photo above. The purchase price would be $235,000, and it would come from Park District levy funds. Documents for tomorrow’s meeting of the Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee show the city expects to spend an additional $25,000 on “staff time, title insurance, and closing cost,” plus “up to $100,000 for demolition of the house.” We’re told that local residents plan to speak in favor of the purchase at tomorrow’s committee meeting, which includes a public-comment period. They will include members of the Friends of Orchard Street Ravine and Morgan Community Association, says MoCA president Deb Barker, who shared a letter that park steward Carol Schultz sent to the committee, saying in part:

We’re excited to hear that the proposal is coming before the committee for review tomorrow. I wanted to contact you and let you know that there are many supporters and users of Orchard Street Ravine. After many years of volunteer work it is now a beautiful green space with a stairway and trails connecting neighborhoods and nature.

With the increasing density of West Seattle the proposed park expansion will be a real benefit to the community and natural habitat. Orchard Street Ravine is an important green spaces connector as well as a beautiful natural area. A stairway built as part of the 2006 bond connects upper and lower parts of the neighborhood. It is a link in the Green Crescent or Morgan Junction Loop trail. The trail connects Morgan Junction, Orchard Street Ravine, Solstice Park, Lincoln Park, and Lowman Beach Park helping to create a total of a 2.5 mile walk. It is listed in the King County West Seattle Trails map.

The 2006 bond also set up a Vegetation Management Plan for reforestation with native plantings that we’ve been following since then. We’ve gradually reforesting what used to be a jungle of blackberries, ivy and clematis vine. We plant hundreds of new native plants every year and it’s now filled with NW native plants and wildlife and birds have returned. … Approving the proposed expansion would be a real benefit to the community and environment.

You can see the slide deck prepared for tomorrow’s meeting (2 pm Wednesday) here. If the committee approves the purchase, it would move on to a final vote by the full City Council.

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From White Center Now: Last major pre-primary forum for 34th District State Senate https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/from-white-center-now-last-major-pre-primary-forum-for-34th-district-state-senate/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/from-white-center-now-last-major-pre-primary-forum-for-34th-district-state-senate/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2018 03:09:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923533

If you haven’t seen the coverage we published this morning on partner site White Center Now: The White Center Chamber of Commerce hosted the last major pre-primary forum in the 34th District State Senate race. Six of the 11 candidates participated in last night’s forum in a forum presented by the White Center Chamber of Commerce, held outdoors at TommySound studios in South Delridge.

Aaron Garcia moderated; our video above includes the forum in its entirety. Participating, left to right, were:

Sofia Aragon
Shannon Braddock
Joe Nguyen
Lois Schipper
Lem Charleston
Hillary Shaw

Schipper lives in White Center; Aragon lives in Burien; the other four live in West Seattle. All are on your ballot as Democrats except for Shaw, who filed with “no preference” regarding party. They are running to succeed Sen. Sharon Nelson, the Maury Island-residing Democrat who decided not to seek re-election. If you don’t have time to watch the video, see our full report on WCN for toplines of their replies to the questions. And be sure to get your ballot into a mailbox (postage is now prepaid!) or dropbox by the evening of Tuesday, August 7th.

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2 chances to talk with 2 City Councilmembers in West Seattle this week https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/2-chances-to-talk-with-2-city-councilmembers-in-west-seattle-this-week/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/2-chances-to-talk-with-2-city-councilmembers-in-west-seattle-this-week/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2018 21:22:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923417 Two West Seattle events before week’s end will each offer a chance to talk with/hear from two city councilmembers:

THURSDAY: The West Seattle Transportation Coalition has just announced that its guests this Thursday night will be Councilmembers Lisa Herbold (WS/South Park District 1) and Teresa Mosqueda (citywide Position 8). (6:30 pm July 26th, Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW)

FRIDAY: Councilmember Herbold’s periodic in-district office hours will include Councilmember Lorena González (citywide Position 9, and a WS resident) for the first hour and a half, according to her weekly update. (2-6:45 pm July 27th, with CM Gonzalez there until 3:30 pm, Southwest Neighborhood Service Center, 2801 SW Thistle)

Both are open to the public – just show up.

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City Council approves new laws protecting domestic workers https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/city-council-approves-new-laws-protecting-domestic-workers/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/city-council-approves-new-laws-protecting-domestic-workers/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2018 02:45:42 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923345

(Seattle Channel video of this afternoon’s council meeting; domestic-workers item is at one hour in)

Passed today by the City Council: What’s described as the nation’s first city laws “that specifically protect nannies, caretakers, house cleaners, gardeners, and other domestic workers,” according to the announcement from the bill’s sponsor, citywide Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda. Her announcement says the new protections for domestic workers include:

*Hiring entities must pay domestic workers the minimum hourly wage;

*Domestic workers must receive proper rest and meal breaks, including a 30-minute uninterrupted meal break if they work more than five consecutive hours for the same hiring entity, and a 10-minute rest break if they work more than four consecutive hours, or pay in lieu;

*A domestic worker who resides or sleeps at their place of employment will not be required to work more than six consecutive days without an unpaid 24-hour period of consecutive rest;

*Hiring entities will not be allowed to retain a domestic worker’s personal effects and documents; and,

*The legislation establishes a Domestic Workers Standards Board, which will be made up of workers, hiring entities, worker organizations and community members. The board will convene during the first quarter of 2019, and will be tasked with recommending how to implement new labor standards, such as retirement benefits, worker’s compensation and sick leave.

The new laws take effect July 1st of next year. You can read the full announcement here; the full text of the legislation is here.

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VIDEO: As voting begins, five 34th District State Senate candidates answer West Seattle Chamber of Commerce questions https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/video-as-voting-begins-five-34th-district-state-senate-candidates-answer-west-seattle-chamber-of-commerce-questions/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/video-as-voting-begins-five-34th-district-state-senate-candidates-answer-west-seattle-chamber-of-commerce-questions/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2018 04:05:36 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923009

The ballots have been mailed and voting has begun for the August 7th primary election. The major local race in our area is for the 34th District State Senate seat. Last night at the DAV Hall in Delridge, five of the 11 candidates answered questions at a forum presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Our video begins with introductions from the Chamber and DAV; if you want to jump ahead to the candidates, they start 4 minutes in:

The Chamber said it invited all 11 candidates, with repeated outreach to those who didn’t accept the invitation, and these are the ones who showed up: Joe Nguyen, Shannon Braddock, Sofia Aragon, Lois Schipper, and Lem Charleston. Among the highlights of the forum: State Senator Sharon Nelson, whose decision not to run for re-election set up this wide-open race, was invited to question her would-be successors.

P.S. You have at least one more chance to hear from candidates in this race – the White Center Chamber of Commerce has a forum scheduled for 6 pm next Tuesday (July 24) at Tommy Sound (9409 Delridge Way SW). They have not yet announced which candidates will participate. And remember to get your ballot in a mailbox – prepaid postage! – or dropbox by August 7th.

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ELECTION 2018: Watch for your primary ballot https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/election-2018-watch-for-your-primary-ballot/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/election-2018-watch-for-your-primary-ballot/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:36:36 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922754 King County Elections is sending out the ballots for the August 7th primary election. What you’ll be deciding includes narrowing a field of 29 U.S. Senate candidates (including incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell) down to 2 and narrowing the list of 11 34th District State Senate candidates (incumbent Sen. Sharon Nelson is not running for re-election) down to 2. There’s one ballot measure – King County Proposition 1 seeks to renew the property-tax levy for the Automated Fingerprint Identification Service, used in criminal investigations. Get your ballot in a dropbox (West Seattle has one at the High Point Library, 3411 SW Raymond) or mailbox – this is the first election for which ballots have prepaid postage if you use the U.S. Postal Service, so you can mail yours without paying for stamps.

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VIDEO: West Seattle Democratic Women host 34th District State Senate candidates’ forum https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/video-west-seattle-democratic-women-host-34th-district-state-senate-candidates-forum/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/video-west-seattle-democratic-women-host-34th-district-state-senate-candidates-forum/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2018 19:27:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920887 (WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

Those are the four candidates for 34th District State Senator who participated in Thursday’s forum presented by the West Seattle Democratic Women – from left, Shannon Braddock, Joe Nguyen, Sofia Aragon, and Lem Charleston. Here’s our unedited video of the forum, held at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle and moderated by WSDW’s Rachel Glass:

11 candidates in all (listed on this King County Elections page) are running for the seat that Sen. Sharon Nelson is giving up; the field will be narrowed to two by the August 7th primary, for which ballots will be mailed July 18th.

The next announced forum in West Seattle is planned by the WS Chamber of Commerce, 6:30 pm July 19th at the Disabled American Veterans hall (4857 Delridge Way SW), with a focus on transportation and business issues; all welcome.

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FOLLOWUP: Quieter Alki soon? New standard for vehicle-noise enforcement gets City Council OK https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-quieter-alki-soon-new-standard-for-vehicle-noise-enforcement-gets-city-council-ok/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-quieter-alki-soon-new-standard-for-vehicle-noise-enforcement-gets-city-council-ok/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:18:53 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919991 (SPD’s mobile precinct, seen on Alki this evening)

Will a new standard for excessive vehicle noise – distance instead of decibels – eventually lead to more police enforcement and a quieter Alki (and elsewhere)? The changes proposed by West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold – who explained them at length earlier this month – won final council approval this afternoon. Discussion and voting started 35 minutes into today’s Full Council meeting:

You can find the full legislation here, along with one approved amendment – sponsored by citywide Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, asking for quarterly reports on how the law is being implemented, so they could track any concerns or “unintended consequences.” That passed unanimously; the bill itself had one “no” vote, Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who expressed concerns that the change to a subjective enforcement standard could take an unintended toll on people driving noisy old cars, for example, because that’s all they can afford, though she said she agrees that people have a “right to peace and quiet.” So how long until this facilitates enforcement? Herbold said SPD had committed to a “robust” outreach/information campaign before starting. If you have questions, your next chance to ask police will be at tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).

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Families, Education, Preschool, Promise Levy headed for November ballot https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/families-education-preschool-promise-levy-headed-for-november-ballot/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/families-education-preschool-promise-levy-headed-for-november-ballot/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 02:40:42 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919989 An expanded version of two expiring Seattle levies will be on your ballot this November. From the announcement of today’s unanimous City Council vote:

The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to approve Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise plan to significantly increase the children in preschool, increase investments in K-12, and expand access to college for Seattle public school graduates through the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program.

With both the 2011 Families & Education Levy and 2014 Seattle Preschool Program Levy set to expire this year, Mayor Durkan proposed that the City renew and combine them through a new Families, Education, Preschool and Promise plan. Homeowners of a median-assessed-value property ($665,000 in 2019) would pay approximately $20 each month. For the first time, qualified low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans with a service-connected disability will be eligible for an exemption. Following Mayor Durkan’s signature, the plan will be placed on the ballot for Seattle voters’ consideration in November 2018. …

… As proposed by Mayor Durkan and amended by the City Council, Mayor Durkan’s plan would make seven years of investments to:

Continue the pilot of the Seattle Preschool program and substantially increase the number of children in quality preschool from 1,500 in 2018-19 to 2,500 in 2025-26;

Increase K-12 and community investments in closing the opportunity gap, increasing teacher diversity, providing support services for students experiencing homelessness, and helping students most at risk of dropping out of school;

Continue our strong support for school-based health programs; and

Expand access to college for Seattle public school graduates through support for the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program, which would serve approximately 1,350 high school students participating in college prep and 875 Seattle Promise college students each year.

As of this fall, pre-levy vote, West Seattle High School joins Chief Sealth International High School and four other schools in what started as the 13th Year Promise program, a free year at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). If the levy passes, all graduating public-high-school seniors in Seattle would be eligible for two free years at any of the Seattle Colleges, not just SSC. Meantime, for a comparison of the levy cost to taxpayers vs. what they’re paying now, it’s $9.36 more a month for that “median homeowner,” according to Councilmember Lorena González.

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VIDEO: 34th District Democrats make their State Senate endorsement…s https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/34th-district-dems/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/34th-district-dems/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:55:13 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=919481 (Standing-room crowd at 34th District Democrats just before State Senate endorsement vote)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The endorsement for the open 34th District State Senate seat was the big news from this month’s meeting of the 34th District Democrats, just concluded at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

The result, on a second ballot, was a dual endorsement of Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen, who tied at 62 votes each in the runoff; she had led the first round with 57 votes – not enough for a sole endorsement – and he was in second with 39 votes,

We’ll add video highlights later (10:38 pm update – first ones added below), but first, here’s how the nomination process – including more than an hour of vote-counting – unfolded:

34TH DISTRICT STATE SENATE ENDORSEMENT: Among the prerequisites for endorsement consideration by the group, the candidate has to be a Democrat, and has to have filled out the King County Democrats’ questionnaire. Candidates nominated for consideration besides Braddock and Nguyen were Sofia Aragon, Lois Schipper, and Lem Charleston.

Aragon spoke first and noted her concern about the affordable-housing crisis and access to higher education. Schipper, speaking next, said “putting families and children first” is her priority – keeping them out of homelessness and hunger – and education funding is her next priority, followed by firearms safety (including a ban on assault weapons). Nguyen said he’s running because “all families should have the opportunity to achieve the American dream.” He also sees “health care for all” as a priority, talking about a family crisis when a crash left his father a quadriplegic. Then, Braddock, whose nominator called her “a woman of action”; the candidate herself said, “We have a lot of good progressive Democrats in this case” but she believes she “stands above” because of her perspective and background, including being a single mom and community volunteer, and coalition builder. “I am experienced, I am ready on day one.” Final candidate to speak was Charleston, who touted his background including having been in the US Marine Corps, having been a pastor, and serving as a police chaplain. “I want to bring (my) energy and passion” to the district’s issues – he sees unhappiness both in rich waterfront residents and poor homeless residents. (Updated Thursday morning, 11:11 am – video of all five making their cases pre-vote – replacing previous clip that had stopped before 5th speaker Lem Charleston)

In all, 11 candidates are scheduled to be on the August primary ballot for this position (as reported here last month).

Also at the meeting:

ANOTHER STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: Annabel Quintero, another of the State Senate candidates, spoke while the votes were being counted; she hadn’t filled out the questionnaire so she wasn’t eligible for consideration.

ENDORSED BALLOT MEASURES: I-1631 was endorsed. So was signature gathering for I-1644, and for I-1639.

ENDORSED SLATE: The group began its endorsement consideration with a slate including Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the two unopposed 34th Dist. Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon and eight judges.

PROSECUTOR ENDORSEMENT TABLED: Daron Morris, a candidate for King County Prosecuting Attorney, spoke to the group. Speaking in favor of his opponent, newly self-declared Democrat incumbent Dan Satterberg, was County Executive Dow Constantine, who said Satterberg has been “the leader at King County in transforming our justice system.” He added, “We should not be endorsing someone to run against him – he’s doing a really good job.” Ultimately the endorsement consideration was tabled until next month’s meeting since Satterberg himself hadn’t asked for it.

WHY THE ENDORSEMENTS MATTER: Chair David Ginsberg said he’s worried since 33 percent of 34th District voters identify as Democrats, 10 percent as Republicans, and so far 7 Democrat candidates are running for State Senate, 2 Republicans, and if those percentages were evenly split, “we could wind up with 2 Republicans on the ballot.” Voters will look to the 34th DDs’ decision for guidance, he said.

PRIDE MONTH: King County Council Chair Joe McDermott spoke about its importance while the State Senate endorsement votes were being counted.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Constantine – before his pro-Satterberg speech – was invited up to the microphone too. He observed that the Seattle head-tax repeal had made for an “interesting period in municipal politics” and promised “a lot of breaking news in the next few days” on the homelessness front.

GARDEN PARTY: This year’s benefit is 7 pm July 19th at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Tickets are on sale online.

PCO OF THE YEAR: Annie Phillips, “a force to be reckoned with,” was given an award as PCO of the Year.

MEMBERSHIP: The group currently has 360 members; last year, it was as high as 600. Just under a third of the membership was present and voting in the night’s marquee endorsement race.

NEXT MEETING: The 34th District Democrats meet on second Wednesdays at 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy; watch 34dems.org for updates between meetings.

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