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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sheriff’s candidate Urquhart raises 5 times more than incumbent Strachan

When it comes to campaign donations and funding, King County Sheriff candidate John Urquhart has blown away his competitor, Steve Strachan.

According to filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission, Urquhart has raised almost $183,000, including $125,500 he contributed himself. His total campaign spending has been almost $170,000.

King County Sheriff Steve Strachan, on the other hand, has raised almost $35,000 — none of it from a personal contribution.  His total campaign spending has been more than

When asked Wednesday about his spending, Urquhart said, “I’m a challenger. When you are going up against an incumbent, you have to raise more and you have to spend more.”

Urquhart added that he’s willing to donate such a large amount of his own money because, “I care about the Sheriff’s Office, I love the Sheriff’s Office.”

Both Strachan and Urquhart say they agree on increased civilian oversight of the department. But the two law-enforcement veterans can’t seem to get past accusing each other of playing a central role in the department’s perceived failings.

Urquhart, 64, served in the Sheriff’s Office from 1988 to 2012, first as a deputy and then as a sergeant. He is best known as the department’s longtime, highly quotable spokesman.

Strachan, 47, was appointed sheriff after former Sheriff Sue Rahr retired earlier this year. He is the former chief of police in Kent and a former Minnesota legislator.

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