With “Candidate Survivor” taking place Tuesday, the hopefuls for Seattle mayor are doubtlessly practicing their singing and dancing moves in the hopes of living up to Tim Burgess’ epic 2011 rap performance.
But candidate Charlie Staadecker says the popular and unusual event is “inconducive to constructive discussion” and “diminishing of the candidates and diminishing of the process.”
“Part of leadership is the ability to say no,” Staadecker said in a recent interview.
Candidate Mary Martin also is skipping the event to attend a socialist convention in Ohio.
The event is definitely a little different. It will feature text-message voting to decide who stays on stage, drinking by attendees and, of course, the talent show. The Washington Bus, which is sponsoring the event, is billing it as “a three ring Circus to determine Seattle’s next Mayor.”
But the executive director of the Bus, which works to get youth involved in politics, said the event will be a unique opportunity for the candidates to engage young people and — because hopefuls are eliminated throughout the competition — will allow for more detailed discussion between the top candidates.
“Not only is it going to be a very fun event, but I actually think it’ll provide some of the most illuminating, enlightening insights into the candidates themselves,” said the executive director, Toby Crittenden.
No major candidate has ever skipped the event, Crittenden said.
About 700 people are expected to attend the 8 p.m. festivities at the Showbox at the Market, 1426 1st Ave.