Well, the dark horse candidate, the big name, the local celebrity, that some had predicted (or where perhaps holding out hope for) didn't materialize as a last-minute challenger for this year's ho-hum council races. But the filing deadline, which passed late Friday, brought hopefuls for the seats now held by council members Sally Clark and Jean Godden, and made Tom Rasmussen the only incumbent with a free ride this time around.
Challenging Clark are first-time candidates Bob Brown, a retired firefighter; Judy Fenton, who is self employed; and perennial candidate Stan Lippmann, who threw his hat in for Clark's seat in 2006. This represents the first time (save for Lippmann) that anyone's taken Clark on since she won appointment to office in 2005.
Godden drew challenges from first-time candidates Lauren Briel and Robert Sondheim, who owns Capitol Hill's Rosebud restaurant. Also vying against Godden is Joe Szwaja, a former Madison, Wis. city council member who challenged Rep. Jim McDermott in 2000 for the District 7 seat and won about 20 percent of the vote.
Another last-minute filer, Scott Feldman, will join the other four contenders for the open seat currently held by Peter Steinbrueck.