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June 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Property-tax levy proposed to fund Seattle council campaigns

Spending cap is a better option

This plan is sweet for The Seattle Times and all the media sharks in Seattle that will make money if this is approved. [“Editorial: Support public financing of Seattle Council races,” Opinion, June 15.]

What we should be doing is what we did in college when I ran for student government. It was very simple. We put a cap on how much any candidate could spend, and no candidate could monopolize a particular medium. It was very simple and very effective.

Back then, we printed fliers, made yard signs and advertised in the school paper. All candidates spent the same amount and no one went over the budgeted amount. We met at the Squire Tavern two months before the election and agreed upon a dollar amount and hashed out as many issues as we could think of.

If you ask anyone who runs for public office, they will tell you that up to half their time is spent on fundraising. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could spend more time doing what we elect them for, rather than schlepping the streets trying to raise campaign dollars?

I believe the council is doing the right thing by trying to level the playing field but wouldn’t reducing or limiting campaign spending be a better option? Less is more.

Steve Mayeda, Seattle

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