After being named a "Rising Star" in Washington law and politics by the publication Washington Law & Politics, Bill Sherman struck out on a couple of tries for public office, losing a crowded primary to Jamie Pedersen for the 43rd District House seat in 2006, then losing the King County prosecutor's race to Dan Satterberg in 2007 (a rare Republican victory in a county-wide race).
His name popped back up this week when, after being nominated by Greg Nickels, he was unanimously confirmed by the city council for a spot on the seven-person Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. (Bonus fun fact: Current Councilmember Tim Burgess used to be the Commission's chair.) Since the prosecutor's race, Sherman says he's been advising clients on the lobbying and reporting requirements in the state public disclosure law, and lobbying the city on behalf of Arena Sports, whose Magnuson Park space used to host the Rat City Rollergirls. (He's done with those duties now that he's on the commission, of course.)
Despite his frenzied entry into the world of campaigning, Sherman says he has no designs on running for office again, nor does he think much about how he lost to a Republican in such a Democratic county. "I feel good about the campaign we ran. I don't spend a lot of time doing a post-mortem on that."