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posted Friday, May 22, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 21
Business, labor groups make City Council picks
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Business, labor groups make City Council picks

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Major business and labor groups have made their endorsements in the crowded Seattle City Council races.

CASE (Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy), the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, announced its endorsements May 18. On May 20, delegates representing the 150 unions affiliated with the Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC) met to vote on their own picks for City Council.

Not surprisingly, the candidates favored by the two organizations showed very little overlap.

In fact, CASE and MLKCLC agreed on only two races. In City Council District 2, both endorsed incumbent Bruce Harrell, and in District 7, both groups also endorsed the incumbent, Sally Bagshaw.

In other races, business and labor were far apart.

For District 1, in West Seattle, the business group picked Shannon Braddock, chief of staff for King County Council member Joe McDermott.

Labor, on the other hand, made a dual endorsement for Lisa Herbold and Brianna Thomas. Herbold is the veteran legislative aide to retiring City Council member Nick Licata, and Thomas is the Working Washington organizer who led the successful $15 minimum wage campaign in SeaTac.

In District 3, which includes Capitol Hill and the Central District as well as Montlake and Madison Park - CASE endorsed Urban League president and CEO Pamela Banks. Labor endorsed incumbent City Council member Kshama Sawant, who has already won the support of many MLKCLC affiliates.

For District 4, the University District and Wallingford as well as Laurelhurst and View Ridge, CASE picked transportation Choices head Rob Johnson. MLKCLC gave Johnson a dual endorsement with incumbent Jean Godden, a retired Newspaper Guild member.

It was the only good news in recent weeks for Godden's campaign. She has been snubbed by Seattle's Democratic legislative district organizations.

In District 5, Seattle's Northend, the business group did not make an endorsement. No one got the two-thirds vote necessary for endorsement at the labor meeting, so MLKCLC will revisit that race at their June meeting.

Business also passed on making an endorsement in District 6, Fremont, Ballard, and Crown Hill. Labor, on the other hand, backed incumbent Mike O'Brien.

In District 8, an at-large seat, CASE endorsed incumbent Council member Tim Burgess. Labor gave Burgess a dual endorsement with Longshore worker and Georgetown community activist John Persak.

In the other at-large seat, District 9, CASE endorsed Mayor Ed Murray's former legal counsel Lorena Gonzalez. The Labor Council will consider endorsements in this race at their June meeting.

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