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April 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Weekend memorials for Cheryl Chow, Blair Butterworth

Seattle’s Town Hall will host public memorials this weekend for two longtime local political figures.

On Saturday there will be a memorial for Cheryl Chow, the former member of the Seattle City Council and Seattle School Board. Chow died Mar. 29 at age 66.

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Cheryl Chow at her 1990 swearing-in to the Seattle City Council.

Blair Butterworth

Blair Butterworth

In her two terms on the City Council, Chow focused on education, working with then-Mayor Norm Rice to start the Families and Education Levy and create outreach programs for kids involved in street gangs.

She also made news last year when, ill with terminal cancer, she came out publicly as a lesbian, calling it her “last crusade.”

On Sunday, a memorial will be held for Democratic political consultant Blair Butterworth, who died March 29 at age 74.

Butterworth was known both for campaign smarts and for his colorful and sometimes profane quotes about various political figures (see this Crosscut piece for some of his most notorious lines).

Former Gov. Gary Locke and U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott are scheduled to speak at the Butterworth remembrance.

Both memorials begin at 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle.

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