Jim Nobles, former Young Republican and Seattle Monorail Board member (who won on the platform “Die Monorail die!”), plans to run for the city council seat now held by Peter Steinbrueck.
The seat’s non-partisan, of course, but we all know how rare Republicans holding elected office are in these parts.
“Point of it is, why not have a little political diversity?” says Nobles, who describes himself as fiscally conservative, socially libertarian and environmentally progressive. (He’s a member of the Sierra Club and president of the Washington state chapter of Republicans for Environmental Protection).
Nobles, who’s worked as a night and medical supervisor at Recovery Centers of King County for nine years, says caring for some of the city’s most vulnerable has made him uniquely qualified for a job on the council.
He says he’d like to bring some “common sense” back to city hall. “The viaduct vote was a classic example. We spent $1 million for an advisory vote? That money could’ve done a lot of things,” he says. “To me that’s just common sense.”
At 44, he’s too old to be in the Young Republicans, but Nobles says he’s still active as an associate member. He’s also on the board of the Mainstream Republicans of Washington State and is a member of the King County Mental Health Advisory Board.
If elected, he says he’d focus on finding more creative solutions to homelessness and the city’s transportation woes.
Nobles plans to have his papers filed with the city by week’s end and says his Web site should be up shortly thereafter.
He'll have to battle it out with Venus Velázquez, John Manning, Carrie Shriver and Bruce Harrell -- who have already announced-- and likely a couple more open-seat hopefuls (who have until June 8 to file).