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Ten ways to make Seattle (and Washington) politics more inclusive in 2016

Laura Bernstein of The Seattle Globalist recaps the highlights of Young, Gifted and Brown, a panel created to provide analysis of the 2015 Seattle elections. Bernstein reports the panel “brought together some of the best and brightest in local politics Tuesday night for a discussion on how to move forward to 2016 and keep elevating the diverse voices that are far too often left out of political conversations in Washington State.”


I was so tired of partisan politics. It was all Tim Eyman and no new taxes… That’s not me. I’m interested in community building.

— Pro-transit Bellevue City Councilmember John Chelminak, explaining why he had a falling out with the Washington State Republican Party to The Seattle Times for its most recent article on Bellevue politics (Tone of Bellevue council hinges on three races). Chelminak nowadays calls himself “an excommunicated Republican.”


Tony Provine concedes with class

Another Seattle City Council candidate eliminated in last Tuesday’s Top Two election has bowed out with a classy, graceful Facebook post. Last week, it was Rod Hearne; this week, it’s Tony Provine, who ran in the 4th District. Tony writes:

This week, after the first two days of ballot returns, my campaign for the Seattle City Council District 4 position is over.

I conceded the election for this position and contacted each of my opponents in the race.

To Rob Johnson and Michael Maddux, I offered my congratulations as they move on to the general election. They are both talented and capable individuals. In the coming months, residents of District 4 will have more opportunities to see which of them will better represent us.

To Abel Pacheco, I offered my friendship and support. He defied expectations and ran a spirited and impressive campaign. The Wallingford Community Council is fortunate that he is so involved in his community. I look forward to getting to know him better and foresee great things to come.

To Jean Godden, I offered my thanks for her years of public service. Jean has always been receptive to me whenever I called on her. I especially appreciated her strong support of the Seattle Public Library when I was advocating for restoring that institution’s budget cuts. She can be proud of her work on parental leave and gender equity. I pledged my cooperation to work with her during the remainder of her term on neighborhood issues in which we have shared interests, like removing the slum buildings near Roosevelt High School. It would be extremely satisfying to help attain some more achievements.

For me, I don’t know yet what the next move will be. I know that I will always be grateful to all who supported me and worked on my behalf. And I know that I will always be a voice for those who need to be heard. Thank you and Ciao!

Nicely done, Tony! Way to set an example for others to follow.



Brianna Thomas and Rich Erwin celebrate Lorena Gonzalez's victory in West Seattle



A sign at Sandy Brown's north Seattle victory party



Redmond Councilmember John Stilin and Council candidate Angela Birney talk politics with King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert



Rod Hearne reflects on his now-ended campaign for Seattle City Council District #3

Equal Rights Washington alum Rod Hearne, who was in the running to take on Kshama Sawant for Seattle City Council District #3, has just posted a short note thanking supporters and reflecting on his now-ended campaign.

He writes:

It is a great experience to run for office and it’s been surprisingly rewarding even as it’s clear that my campaign won’t be going on to the General Election. I’ve learned so much running for City Council it’s been great to meet so many people who care so much for their city, their community and their neighbors. I’m looking forward to staying involved in the life of Seattle through its community organizations, its arts organizations and, of course through its politics.

All the best to all who participated, win or lose, in this election. It’s been tremendous getting to know you!

This is a very gracious and thoughtful reaction to a tough loss. Kudos to Rod for setting a good example for others to follow.