The Commission is an intergovernmental partnership, with input from business leaders like Blake Nordstrom, and could be roughly viewed as Establishment Democrat. And so in that sense it makes sense for its director to be in the Mallahan camp. Block previously backed Jordan Royer's bid for a city council seat and supports Richard Conlin. But it would also be fair to say that Mallahan hasn't been especially vocal on issues related to homelessness (and neither has his opponent).
Multiple phone calls to Block seeking his views on Mallahan and the decision to join the Advisory Committee went unreturned over the last two weeks. Indeed members of Mallahan's committee seem oddly unwilling to speak up in support of their candidate. Karen Daubert, Executive Director of the Seattle Parks Foundation, for example, declined to speak to the Seattle Times for its recent story on the mayoral race. In Block's case, however, there may be another reason: He hasn't actually endorsed the candidate.
Unlike the other members of Mallahan's Advisory Committee, whose images and bios can be found on the campaign's Endorsements page, Block really is strictly in an advisory role, according to Mallahan's spokesperson Charla Neuman. "He's been friendly and helpful," she says, "but he did want to make sure his position was policy-driven." Asked why Block, who has openly endorsed in other races, hasn't done so in this case, she said she had "no idea."