Peter Steinbrueck (who’s leaving the Seattle City Council because he thinks he can do more for the city as an Average Joe) has chosen his successor. According to the Velázquez camp, Steinbrueck will announce his endorsement for Venus at her campaign kickoff tonight at Pravda studios on Capitol Hill.
And true to this candidate’s firey nature, this is not going to be just another mingle-with-finger-food event. After Steinbrueck, Velázquez and Children’s Alliance Executive Director Paola Maranan fire up the crowd, the city’s political elite will get their grove on to some hot salsa tunes. (And you thought it couldn’t get any better than Tom Rasmussen’s customized $60 M&M’s.)
Velázquez, who vied for Jim Compton’s city council seat during the 2005 nomination pageant, is one of four folks running for Steinbrueck’s spot. Jim Nobles, the only Republican in the council races this year, dropped out of the race for position 3 last week. He was quickly replaced by former mayoral candidate Al Runte, who vows to be a "maverick" unafraid of rocking the boat.
Also running for Steinbrueck’s slot are perennial candidate John Manning and former UW football player Bruce Harrell. Door's closing for others. Last chance to file is June 8.