Veteran Bellevue City Councilmember Don Davidson, sidelined for two months because of health issues, has ramped up his re-election campaign with support from former Attorney General Rob McKenna.
In an email to likely Davidson supporters, McKenna asked for contributions, warning, “This year our ‘Dr. Don’ is being targeted for defeat by some of the same Seattle leftist groups which attacked me last year. Now, you may ask yourself why people who insult Bellevue at every opportunity would want to help us pick our next city council – what is their agenda for the city?”
McKenna, a Bellevue resident and Republican gubernatorial candidate who lost last fall to Democrat Jay Inslee, didn’t identify which outside forces are making “negative attacks” on Davidson, who has served on the council since 1984 with only a two-year break.
Lynne Robinson, a member of the city Parks Board and Network on Aging, and Vandana Slatter, a member of the state Pharmacy Board, are running against Davidson. The challengers have raised $34,100 and $61,552, respectively.
Davidson, who has been excused from attending council meetings for the past two months while undergoing and then recovering from open-heart surgery, reported his first $3,498 in contributions to the state Public Disclosure Commission Monday.
His political adviser, Randy Pepple, said he expects Davidson to return to the council and campaigning at the end of June or early July. “He will indeed be able to aggressively run and to serve if re-elected,” Pepple said Tuesday.
Pepple was McKenna’s campaign manager last fall.