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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

King County elections

They’re not over, yet

What wasn’t mentioned in the story about the impending King County election manager’s race is that state legislators’ fundraising will be hamstrung [“King County elections-chief job may see lots of candidates,” Politics, Nov. 20].

Sen. Pam Roach has until mid-December to solicit campaign contributions, then state law will prohibit her and any other legislator from soliciting contributions until the 2009 Legislature adjourns, which is long after the Feb. 3 special election.

Times reporter Kevin Ervin is right about the peculiarity of the timing of the February special election. Common sense and common courtesy would have been to hold a primary in August and the top two vote getters are placed on the November ballot.

But, that’s not what Toby Nixon, the architect of the charter amendment, wanted. Nixon wants to make it as difficult as possible for incumbent legislators to run, so that he and other right-wingers can have a better shot at winning.

When all is said and done, there will be at least a dozen candidates filing, because they realize the winner may need to get only 25 to 30 percent of the total votes cast in order to win. The winner will serve until Dec. 31, 2011.

You can remove the political labels from the ballot, but you can’t remove the political motives of the candidates.

— Steven Kendall, Seattle

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