The race for the Seattle City Council District 1 position has come down to a handful of votes. At last count through Nov. 23, Lisa Herbold led Shannon Braddock by a mere 36 votes. Due to the narrow lead, King County Elections department will recount the votes manually, as required by state law when there are fewer than 150 votes between the candidates.
Of course, the point of all this is, well, virtually nothing. This year’s nine campaigns for Seattle City Council were all a faceoff between two far-Left candidates. Sort of a political reality show version of the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” only called “Left and Lefter.”
Seattle voters—and it is their own fault—really don’t have a choice when it comes to city council candidates, or any locally elected official for that matter. Even New York City and Los Angeles have city council members from both sides of the aisle, but Seattle’s political machine can’t even seem to manage giving voters options that remotely resemble an actual choice.
Perhaps that’s why 164 voters – more than four times the current margin of difference in the race – chose to write in a candidate in the Position 1 race rather than vote for one of the two local government staffers (Herbold on the city council, Braddock on the King County Council) running for the seat.
Or why more than 2,700 District 1 voters cast ballots in the general election, but skipped the City Council race.
That’s truly pathetic.