Jim Nobles, the only self-proclaimed Republican running for Seattle City Council this year, has thrown in the towel. He was vying for Peter Steinbrueck’s open seat against Venus Velázquez, Bruce Harrell and John Manning.
In an announcement blasted from his personal email this afternoon, Nobles says only that there was a “lack of support during this political climate to make a viable run.”
No luck yet reaching Nobles to see exactly what he meant by that, but word is he was looking high and low for support and finding little. (And as of the end of April, he’d only raised $400 in campaign contributions, compared to the tens of thousands that Velázquez and Harrell have in the bank.) Perhaps not surprising given this town’s lack of tolerance for the other party.
Nobles, who describes himself as fiscally conservative, socially libertarian and environmentally progressive, said before filing to run last month that it’s high time the council got a little political diversity. He touted his work caring for some of the city’s most vulnerable as a medical supervisor at Recovery Centers of King County and said he’d like to bring some “common sense” back to City Hall.
Council seats are non-partisan, but it’s still unfortunate for the simple sake of thoughtful diversity and the hope of healthy competition that his efforts were short-lived.