West Seattle is becoming the Wild West of Seattle politics.
Three additional Seattle City Council hopefuls announced 1st District bids Wednesday, upping the total number of candidates in the race to seven. The new entrants are Brianna Thomas, Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold.
The 1st District includes West Seattle’s, with all of its various neighborhoods, Delridge and South Park. Competition for the seat heated up last month when current Councilmember Tom Rasmussen dropped out. No other district has more than four candidates registered.
Thomas is field director for the Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, which advocates for affordable housing. But she vaulted to prominence in another position, serving as the campaign manager with “Yes for SeaTac,” the $15 an hour initiative that got the minimum-wage ball rolling into Seattle and across the country. The University of Washington graduate cut her teeth working for two Democratic state senators, Steve Hobbs and Bob Hasegawa.
Braddock has spent the last four years as chief of staff to Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. Braddock, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from UW’s Evans School, describes herself as a public school “PTA mom” who also serves on the board of WestSide Baby, which provides diapers and clothing to needy kids. She’s endorsed by McDermott and says she’ll pay attention to transportation and transit investments if elected.
Herbold, who first signaled her intention to run a few weeks ago, made it official Wednesday. She’s spent 17 years as an aide to City Councilmember Nick Licata, who isn’t running for re-election. Herbold, who’s lived in West Seattle for 15 years, says she wants to fill Licata’s “big, progressive shoes.” She calls herself a community organizer who wants to bring 1st District residents “more close to their government.” And naturally, she’s endorsed by her longtime boss, who calls her “the most qualified candidate I can imagine.”