“I have a critical assessment of the WASL.”


“We’ve reached a point as a society where we know better than to spend billions


Politician seeks voters for friendship, possibly more

Candidating in over drinks.


“I have a critical assessment of the WASL.”


“We’ve reached a point as a society where we know better than to spend billions making global warming worse. We’re smarter than that.”


“About 70 percent of the freight coming through the port is discretionary – this doesn’t sound like a pick-up line – so they’ll go to whichever port can get it to the American Midwest first.”

No, it doesn’t sound like a pick-up line. A handful of candidates for positions from the school board to the prosecutor's office skipped the City Council debate in Georgetown to participate in Candidating at the Pike Pub and Brewery. The event, sponsored by City Club and Seattle Works, was a chance for voters to sit down with office-seekers for three minutes at a time to ask any burning questions not addressed by the flyers and stump speeches.

“Hopefully you can get them off their talking points,” said Ed Prince of Seattle Works, who estimates that about 30 prospective voters showed up.

“You can get names and numbers,” host C.R. Douglas of the Seattle Channel told the small gathering. I did and here's the verdict.

Most likely to give up her digits: Maria Ramirez, School Board District 6. Ramirez didn’t actually make an appearance, but her proxy Stephanie Fox was dishing out her flyers. “I think I’ll be doing a lot of note taking and giving out her home phone number,” Fox said.

Best looking: Stephen Miller, Simple Majority for our Schools. When he spoke of Draconian cuts as the result of failing school levies required to hit a 60 percent majority to pass, I found myself feeling convinced by his thick red hair and charming smile – activists take heed.GQ bound: Bill Bryant, Port Commissioner, that’s right, Port Commissioner. He has a silver wavy mane, sculpted facial hair and wore the dark charcoal suit, no tie combo. Not very Seattle, but he’s very concerned about encroaching competition from ports in Vancouver and San Francisco due to bad traffic getting out of Seattle.

Oddest statement by proxy: City Council candidate Judy Fenton was represented by campaign manager Keith Ljunghammar who said: “She had an interesting idea at 4:30 in the morning about the Supersonics.” It was a semi-dreamlike vision of congratulating youth who complete meth recovery programs at center court in Key Arena and this would somehow encourage the Sonics to stick around a little longer. “Is she going to have more of those 4:30 in the morning ideas trying to solve Seattle problems?” he asked. More importantly, will those solutions always have such a David Lynch kind of feel?

Best proxy: David Namura for City Council incumbent David Della. Namura, who took the 5th on questions about drinking on the campaign trail, kept it light and stayed on the talking points, specifically public safety.

Best job working candidating into your pitch: Bob Edwards, Port Commissioner. “It [candidating] could be fun but it could be kind of difficult getting here. That’s why I’m in favor of the roads and transit.”

Most questionably self-deprecating: Harium Martin-Morris, School Board District 3, who said: “I’m just a parent of school age children” before rattling off his extensive list of qualifications.

Best wing woman: Sally Soriano, School Board District 1. Soriano, the one who doesn’t like the WASL, brought friend and policy buff Martha Schmidt who drank Heirloom Amber while pitching voters.

Biggest liar: Darlene Flynn, School Board District 2. “I’ve never had any mack so I don’t have a pick-up line,” she said, before going on a tear about civil rights and equality in public schools that was nothing but mac.

Looking for a commitment: Sherry Carr, School Board District 2. Participant John Hoey told Carr: “I hope that you’re in it for the long haul.” “I am,” she replied emphatically.

Hint of a fun side: Peter Maier, School Board District 1. He has a multiple point plan for the schools involving things like dealing with institutional health and math and science programs. About to give up on this one when he said, “I’m limiting myself to one beer.” Sometimes he doesn’t? Policy and occasional booziness could be just what the School Board needs.

Most honest desperation: Steve Sundquist, School Board, District 6. His take on the event says it all: "I don't mind the format, I just need the votes."

Cutest back story: Alec Fisken, Port Commissioner. He couldn’t shake the nickname Sandy until college. And he knows a lot about surface options for commercial transit.

Boyish idealist: Patrick McGrath, fighting the roads and transit measure for Sierra Club. He wants light rail, he doesn’t want the roads and says things like: “It’s time to take a stand on global warming.” Totally adorable.

Guy to take home to the parents: Bill Sherman, King County Prosecutor. He’s tall; a little rumpled, and talks about protecting the elderly from scammers and children from predators. His pick-up line: “I share your values and your priorities.”

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