The field of candidates seeking election to the Seattle City Council in 2015 is growing quite large. The 2015 election cycle is the first year city councilmembers will be voted in by districts—a fact that heightens Socialist Kshama Sawant’s probability of staying in office. Here’s the short list of some of the less-than-fiscally-responsible candidates.
- Rob Johnson is the executive director of Transportation Choices, a transit advocacy group that pumps funds into liberal campaign causes. Johnson is seeking to unseat current council member Jean Godden in Seattle’s 4th district. He entered the race with political weight behind him, gaining the support of King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County council members Larry Philips and Joe McDermott. Johnson is perhaps best known for helping to lead the charge on the original Proposition 1, lying to King County voters on why they need to pay more of their hard-earned tax dollars to “save Metro.”
- Michael Maddox, a Democrat parks activist, also joined the crowded race for Godden’s city council seat. Maddox, an executive board member of the 43rd Democrats, helped lead the charge to establish a new taxing authority for city parks. On his campaign website, Maddox writes that he wants to see Seattle become a more affordable city to live in. He expresses concern over the rising cost of rent and the ability for small businesses to thrive. Maddox then proceeds to praise Ed Murray and council member Kshama Sawant for working together to bring about the $15 minimum wage. Obviously, Maddox hasn’t heard that, due to Seattle’s outrageously high and completely arbitrary minimum wage, top economists have predicted rent will increase and many small businesses will close shop and/or reduce staff.
- Sanford “Sandy” Brown put his hat in the race for Seattle 5th District (North Seattle), a district with no incumbent. Brown made a career out of advocating for social justice causes. He cites his work on Initiative 594 as his most recent accomplishment which he believes qualifies him for the job. In a recent interview, Brown revealed his apparent belief that money grows on trees—in Seattle at least. He supports spending more for just about anything you can think of and explains that, in order to increase spending, the city only needs to increase revenue. Considering the tax-happy politicians currently on Seattle’s City Council, we expect Brown would fit right in and further aid in bringing down the city’s poor and lower-middle class.
Socialist Kshama Sawant has yet to have a challenger announce. And, just to be clear, Sawant was arrested this week.