Endorsements still coming in with primary 2 months away

A look at where the money and endorsements lie in a race that still is building.
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A look at where the money and endorsements lie in a race that still is building.

Dale Chihuly is hedging his bets.

The famous glass sculptor who has an major exhibition hall next to the Space Needle and his wife Leslie have donated $700 to three Seattle mayor candidates — Tim Burgess, Mike McGinn and Charlie Staadecker. With Burgess dropping out, he still has two candidates in the race.

That's one factoid found in the endorsements and donations listed for the eight candidates for Seattle's mayor.

Thousands of individual and PAC contributions have been made, and different people will find different donations or combinations donations interesting. Donors range from the famous to blue-collarworkers. The State Public Disclosure Commission and the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission each keep track of totals, donors and donation amounts and donors. State and city numbers are often different as different reports dribble in at different times. Consequently, figures don't always agree.

Also, here a cautionary note on looking at the total amounts of donations. Of the top three Seattle mayor candidates in 2009, Joe Mallahan raised $840,893 overall, incumbent Greg Nickels raised $596,510, and Mike McGinn raised $289,622.

McGinn won.

Here is a breakdown of figures that are available as of June 5.


Librarian Joey Gray does not have a PDC link yet. Her SEEC link is here, reporting $685 raised with $200 coming from outside of Seattle. Her web site is here.   


City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has collected $169,069 from 719 donors so far, and has spent $33,222, according to the PDC. The SEEC has Harrell raising $112,559, with $79,266 coming from outside of Seattle. His Website is here. His PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.

He has picked up endorsements from the King County Democrats; 37th Legislative District Democrats; the11th Legislative District "Powerhouse" Democrats; the King County Young Democrats; Seattle Building and Trades Council; State Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle; Rep.Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline; former Seattle mayor Wes Uhlman; King County council member Larry Gossett; former Seattle city council member Richard McIver;  former Seattle city council member David Della; Renton city council member and executive director of the African-American Commission Ed Prince.

Other endorsements include Thurston County Assessor Steven J. Drew; former State Sen. Kathleen Drew; former Sen. George Fleming; former Sen.Rosa Franklin; Everett city council member Ron Gipson; former Sen. Claudia Kauffman; former Seattle school board member Jan Kumasaka; former Seattle municipal judge Ron Mamiya; former Rep. Dawn Mason; Charlotte city council member James E. Mitchell Jr.; Tukwila city council member De'Sean Quinn; former Tacoma mayor Karen Vialle; and former Rep.Jesse Wineberry.

Some of Harrell's donors include the King County Corrections Guild ($700); Seattle Medical Marijuana Association ($700); Home Street Bank ($700); Medina's Jeff Brotman, chairman of Wholesale Costco ($700); Mercer Island's Adriane Brown, president of Intellectual Ventures ($700); Mercer Island's Douglas Glant, CEO of Glant Pacific Co. ($700); Sammamish's Steven Holmes, vice president for government affairs at Comcast; Pacific Iron & Metal Co.($700);  Renton's Clyde Walker, executive at Continental Mills ($700); Peter and Kimberly Cleworth of the Jennifer and Barry Ackerly Foundation ($500); Darrnell Cola, director at  Seattle City Light ($250);  Mark Griffin, director of redevelopment at the Port of Seattle ($250).


Education and community activist Kate Martin has collected $3,254 from 13 donors and has spent $1,781. The SEEC has her raising $2,747 with $140 coming from outside of Seattlle. Her Web site is here. Her PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.

She has picked up endorsements from Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, associate professor at Seattle University and co-director at the Patricia Wismer Center for Gender, Justice & Diveristy; Eric Muhs, teacher at Ballard High School; Nancy Malmgren of the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project; and Linh-Co Nguyen and Rick Burke of the Seattle Math Coalition.

Her biggest donors are David and Rosalie Holcomb of the Chef 'N Corp. ($700 each).


Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary Martin has no Web site listing endorsements and no donations listed on the PDC's and SEEC's records. Her email address is seattleswp@qwestoffice.net.


Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn has collected $223,119 from 1,133 donors so far, and has spent $76,348, according to the PDC. The SEEC has McGinn raising $181,133 with $65,328 coming from outside of Seattle. His Web site is here. His PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.

He has picked up endorsements from the Cascade Bicyce Club; Unite Here Local No. 8; the Sierra Club; the 37th Legislative District Democrats; State Sen.Bob Hasagawa, D-Seattle; State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle; Sightline Institute founder and Alan Durning; community leaders Bob Santos and Kip Tokuda; and former President Obama advisor Van Jones.

Donors include Washington House Speaker Frank Chopp ($250); Dale and Leslie Chihuly ($700);  Seattle Police Officers Guild ($700);  Seattle Police Management Association $(650); Service Employees International Union Local No. 775 Quality Care Committee ($700);  Jeffrey Wright, chairman of the Space Needle LLC ($500);  Unite Here Local No. 8 PAC Fund ($300);  Richard Sawyer, regional director for Local No. 8 ($125); Charles Ayers, executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club ($375);  Robert Bingaman of the Sierra Club Foundation in Maryland, ($250), Loren Blackford,  chairman of the Sierra Club Foundation in New York ($250);  Celso Tolman,vice president of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union Local No.52.

Emerald Services plus J Stephan Banchero and John Stephan Banchero and John Brigham and Claude Westmoreland, all of Emerald Services, ($3,500);  Cleanscapes Inc. plus Chris Martin of Cleanscapes and John Taylor of Cleanscapes ($1,700),
Dorry Elias-Garcia of Auburn, executive director of the Minority Executive Directors Coatlion ($75); Trung Vuong Women's Association, ($100); Estela Ortega, executive director of Centro De LaRaza ($300); Latino advocacy consutlant Maru Mara-Villalpando ($100);  Francisco Palisoc, vice president of the Filipino Community of Seattle, ($200);  Alma Kern of Bellevue, vice president of the Filipino Community of Seattle ($100);  Mulumebet Retta ,president of the Ethiopian Community Mutual Association ($125). Carlo Scandiuzzi, executive director of A Contemporary Theatre ($700); Kurt Beattie, artistic director of A Contemporary Theatre ($200); Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker, director of Frye Art Museum ($550); Josh LaBelle, arts administrator of the Seattle Theatre Group ($200).


Attorney Doug McQuaid has not reported any donations so far. He has not set up a mayor campaign Web site yet. But McQuaid ran for the state supreme court last year, and his Web site for that campaign is here. He does not have a PDC link yet. His link to the SEEC is here.   


State Sen. Ed Murray has collected $123,973 from 520 donations so far, and has spent $67,470, according to the PDC. The SEEC has Murray has Murray raising $123,973,with $41,406 coming from outside of Seattle. The political news Web site Publicola.com recently reported that Murray raised more than $100,000 during the two-week hiatus in the  state legislative session to increase his total to $219,622. State elected officials cannot raise money while the Legislature is in session. With the Legislature running into overtime, The Seattle Times reported this week that backers have formed an independent committee that can raise funds outside the normal limits. Murray's Web site is here. His PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.

He has received endorsements from former Gov. Chris Gregoire (who was targeted for rather shocking criticism by McGinn in his unsuccessful efforts to stop plans for a waterfront tunnel), former Seattle mayor Charles Royer, the King County Democrats, the 43rd and 46h Legislative District Democrats, the King County Young Democrats, the Seattle  Building and Construction Trades Council; U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer;  State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island;  Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Seattle; Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle; Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle; Sen. Nick Harper, D-Everett; Sen. Paull Shin D-Edmonds;  State Rep. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle;  Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle;  and many other current and past legislators. 

Donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb of Houston ($700); Broadband Communications Association of Washington ($700); Genetech of San Francisco, ($700); government relations consultant Robert Makin $700); government relations principal Vicki Christopherson ($700); PMSA Washington State PAC ($700); Sabey Corp. ($700); Brady Walkinshaw of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($700); David Wertheimer of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($700); Washington Beverage Association PAC; Washington Health Care Association PAC ($700); Washington Hospital PAC ($700); Washington State Auto Dealers ($700); Washington State Council of County and City Employees PAC ($700); Washington State Dental PAC ($700); Washington State Residential Care Council ($700); Weyerhauser ($700); Pacific International Terminals ($450); Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association PAC ($400). Trucking Action Committee ($700); UAW Western States Region ($700); Washington Forest Protection Association ($700); Washington Beverage Association PAC ($700).


Charlie Staadecker has collected $161,879 from 562 donors , and has spent $77,761,according to the PDC and SEEC. The SEEC reported his out-of-Seattle donations at $68,183. His Web site is here. His  PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.

He has been endorsed by retired admiral Bill Center; Leslie Braxton, senior pastor of the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship; Esza Teshome of the Rotary Club.

Donors include Dale Chihuly ($700);  Bob Alexander, senior vice president of Alaska National Insurance Co. ($700);  Jay and Marsha Glazer of the Marsha & Jay Glazer Foundation ($1,400); Gerard Schwartz, conductor laureate of  the Seattle Symphony ($700);  Samuel Jones, retired composer and violinist ($500): investment fund executive Marvin Lesser ($700);  George Duff, retired executive director of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce ($500);  Marilyn Duff ($500); Washington Federal PAC ($500),

Other donors include Rod Hooker, president of Washington Square Associates ($500); William Krippaehne Jr., CEO of North Pacific Realty Advisors ($500); Gene Colin, CEO of Ferguson Construction ($250); Kenneth Hamm of First Choice Health Care ($250);  Peter Shimer of First Choice Health Care ($250); Bill Snead,CEO of Snead Capital Management ($250); Leonard Garfield, executive director of the Museum of History and Industry ($200); Charles Armstrong, Seattle Mariners executive ($100); Michael Troyer, executive director of the Rainier Club ($100);  Gary Cohn, superintendent of the Everett School system, ($50).  


Peter Steinbrueck has collected $89,078 from 534 donations so far, and has spent $24,310, according to the PDC. The SEEC has Steinbrueck raising  $83,129 with $12,996 coming from outside of Seattle. His Web site is here. His PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.  

He has been endorsed by the King County Democrats; 11th and 46 Legislative Districts' Democrats; the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union Locals No. 19 and No.52; the Sailors Union of the Pacific; former State Sen. Randy Gordon and Seattle city council member Nick Licata.

His donors include AIA Washington Council of Architects ($700); International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union Local No. 52 ($500);  author Robert Fulghum ($700); performer Annette Toutonghi ($700);  artist Mary Stamper ($400); Deborah Buck, executive director of the Dendreon Corp ($700); Electroimpact Inc. ($700); Katharine Bullittt ($500); Paul Carlson, executive of the Seattle Federal Executive Board ($550); Neil Powers, manager at the United Way of King County ($300); Laura Wells, director of Fight Crime: Invest In Kids ($250); Rachel Myers, administrator at the Washington Low-income Housing Alliance; Sergei Tschernisch, director of advancement at A Contemporary Theatre; Timothy Harris, executive director of Real Change ($200).


City council member Tim Burgess has dropped out despite leading in fundraising. Now the question is who will his donors and endorsers now support?

Burgess had collected $231,979 from 860 donors, and spent $118,899, according to the PDC.  The SEEC has Burgess raising $231,979 with $33,640 coming from outside of Seattle. His Web site is here. His PDC records are here. His SEEC records are here.

He had picked up endorsements from Laborers Local No.242, Laborers, Local No. 440 and Laborers Local No. 1239 — covering roughly 5,500 people in a wide variety of construction, infrastructure-related and industrial jobs. Burgess' donors also included a large number of business and civic leaders: Any significant shifting of his support in one direction could provide at least a reasonable financial boost for one of the candidates.


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John Stang

John Stang

John Stang is a freelance writer who often covers state government and the environment. He can be reached on email at johnstang_8@hotmail.com and on Twitter at @johnstang_8