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October 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Proposition 1 and its effect on Seattle

Big money decides elections

In reading the article “Is Prop. 1 answer to big money in City Council campaigns?” [NWMonday, Oct. 14], I couldn’t help but to reflect on the current state of big money in our local elections.

Here in Seattle, there are two elections that take place; the first is among the donor class financing its candidates and the second is the general election decided out in the open.

Big money decides who runs for office; just five percent of the funds raised for City Council candidates came from small donors. With the concentration of funds coming from the likes of developers, businesses, unions and wealthy individuals — often outside Seattle itself — I invite you to draw your own conclusions as to who our candidates are listening to first.

We should have higher standards for elections. In our local politics, the size of your wallet should not determine the volume of your voice, which is why we need reforms that will empower small donors and increase the clout of average wage-earning citizens in our political process. Seattle needs to put it’s support behind Proposition 1.

Chris Esh, Seattle

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