Mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck has retained veteran political consultant Cathy Allen to work on his campaign against incumbent Mike McGinn. Steinbrueck, a former City Council member, has kept a high-profile on city issues since declaring his candidacy in December. He’s spoken out against the Sodo location for a new arena and against 40-story towers at the edge of South Lake Union.
Allen is best known for her work with women, including being strategist for Councilmember Jean Godden’s successful campaigns. She said she’s also represented 15 candidates for Seattle city positions and 30 for the state legislature.
Over the past few months, Allen said, she lobbied more than 30 women to run against McGinn when only men had filed for the race (Kate Martin has since filed). Now she says Steinbrueck is “an honorary woman.” He has many of the qualities she looks for in a good leader, she said: “a good listener, a willingness to take on the status quo and someone who asks ‘who’s not at the table?'”
Steinbrueck said that after gathering a group of about 70 volunteers, he’s ready to take his campaign to the next level. He’s raised about $40,000, well behind McGinn, Tim Burgess, Ed Murray and Charlie Staadecker, who each have brought in more than $100,000 so far.
“We still have some catching up to do, but I’m hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm and energy of my volunteers and now Cathy’s success in running campaigns,” Steinbrueck said.