Behind that grandmotherly smile lies a very formidable candidate.
Right from the outset, Sally Bagshaw declared that she would seek the fourth City Council position, currently held by Jan Drago. Bagshaw says that while Drago hasn't yet formally endorsed her as successor, Drago recruited her to run for the seat. Bagshaw's already got an incumbent-esque war chest nearing $53,000. (The two incumbents running this year, Richard Conlin in position 2 and Nick Licata at 6, have $63,000 and $40,000 respectively.)
Bagshaw is also backed by a hefty endorsement list including the likes of King County Council member Julia Patterson, State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, perpetual mayoral race tease Peter Steinbrueck, former Gov and now Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg (a Republican, how do you like them bi-partisan apples?).
But long-time activist David Bloom isn't content to let Bagshaw just coast to victory.Bloom announced yesterday that he plans to take on Bagshaw, her money,and her fancy endorsements. He is well behind in the fundraising game, but his $25,000 is nothing to sneeze at. And while her endorsements include much of the political establishment, Bloom has recognizable names on his list that come with their own voting blocs, including County Council member Larry Gossett, housing advocate John Fox, neighborhood activist Pat Murakami, and Solid Ground advocacy director Tony Lee.
For all us nerds who consider politics a spectator sport, this race is shaping up to be the one to watch. Provided, of course, that they stick it out at position 4. There are rumblings that Bagshaw might consider a mayoral run. It's something her campaign consultant Christian Sinderman flatly denies, but with a powerhouse endorsement list like that, it's easy to see how such a rumor might start. And isn't it time for someone to join Bertha Knight Landes (1926 to 1928) on the women who have led Seattle list?
Bagshaw and Bloom will have company in the race. Today Dorsol Plants, a young West Seattle Democratic precinct officer who has been active in the jail fight, said he would likely be running for position 4 as well. The Iraq war vet who now works to get homeless vets into jobs at the Family and Adult Service Center has raised $532.76 so far--mostly his own money. Plants would face a pretty insurmountable challenge as is, but he just may have chosen the two most difficult opponents to take on. Understandably, he supports publicly financed elections.