While the predicted avalanche of entries following Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck's decision to bow out has yet to materialize, there is another contender.
Former University of Washington football player and attorney Bruce Harrell said today he plans to run for Steinbrueck's seat. Harrell was the first city council hopeful to throw his hat in, but the papers he filed in January didn't specify what position he was vying for.
Harrell joins Venus Velázquez, who fired off her intent to nab Steinbrueck's seat last week before the body was cold.
Also up for reelection this year are council members: Sally Clark, David Della, Jean Godden and Tom Rasmussen. All have indicated they plan to run. To date there are two other announced challengers: Shea Anderson for Jean Godden's seat and Tim Burgess for David Della's.
City council hopefuls have until June 8th to file.
Harrell's raised more than $15,000 in contributions ($10,000 of it from his own pocket), according to city records.
Echoing a theme Della emphasized last week during his campaign kickoff-- Harrell indicated his resolve to fight for a future for ordinary Seattleites.
"In a city that seems to have an abundance of opportunity, we are facing a scarcity of affordable homes; a crisis in our public schools; loss of safety in our neighborhoods and a shortage of living-wage employment opportunities," he said.