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November 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM
Update | 12:45 p.m., Nov. 6: Ksahama Sawant’s Twitter account has deleted the tweet referenced below, but you can view it through a screen shot. Click on the shot for a bigger image.
Update | 11:35 p.m. Albert Shen said he feels “great about the campaign” despite finishing far behind Mike O’Brien in Tuesday’s election.
In an email, Shen said he looks forward to working with O’Brien to move Seattle forward.
“I will take him up on having that beer with him,” said Shen, referring to a comment O’Brien made in a Seattle Times story last month, “and he can buy the first round.”
Update | 11 p.m. Regardless of how it ends, the Kshama Sawant – Richard Conlin race was the most interesting of the four Seattle City Council elections this year.
And now, it looks like we could be in for a repeat in 2015.
Sawant’s campaign announced late Tuesday that “we are coming after Conlin in 2015.”
A news release noted that because Charter Amendment 19 appears headed for victory, Conlin will likely be up for election in two years in his district — the same district that Sawant lives in.
The Sawant campaign’s Twitter account also hyped the promised challenge, tweeting to Conlin that “you are the big loser of the night. You can collect your paycheck for 2 years and then…Goodbye.”
Read our full story on the results of the Seattle City Council elections here.
Update | 10:05 p.m. Kshama Sawant announced Tuesday night she plans to organize an initiative, aimed for the 2014 Seattle ballot, to establish a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour.
That idea was leading in initial returns in SeaTac on Tuesday night.
Update | 9:56 p.m. Three Seattle City Council incumbents coasted to re-election Tuesday, while a fourth led by a smaller amount.
Richard Conlin, a four-term incumbent, had 53.6 percent of the early votes. Challenger Kshama Sawant had 46.1 percent.
The other incumbents — Mike O’Brien, Nick Licata and Sally Bagshaw — were in better shape.
Only O’Brien’s challenger, Albert Shen, got more than a third of the vote in initial returns. He was at 35.2 percent.
Licata and Bagshaw each took more than 80 percent.
Original post: Seattle voters today will decide four City Council seats, two of which featured tough campaigns.
Longtime Councilmember Richard Conlin faces challenger Kshama Sawant, the first socialist candidate in 22 years to advance to the general-election ballot for Seattle City Council. Sawant, an economics instructor at Seattle Central Community College, focused her platform on a $15 minimum wage, rent control and a millionaire’s tax. Conlin said he preferred to raise people out of poverty through training programs and a sound city economic strategy.
Councilmember Mike O’Brien is competing with Albert Shen, owner of a small civil engineering firm. Shen said he wanted to reintroduce an ordinance to ban aggressive panhandling on city streets. O’Brien said that was not needed and would hurt poor and mentally ill residents.
Incumbents Nick Licata and Sally Bagshaw appeared to be coasting to re-election against Edwin Fruit and Sam Bellomio, respectively.
August 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Seattle City Council incumbent Richard Conlin will face Kshama Sawant, a Seattle Central Community College economics instructor, in the November general election. Incumbent Mike O’Brien will square off against engineering consultant Albert Shen.
Don’t look for an overarching theme in the early returns for the two races. Sawant, a socialist, says she’s challenging Conlin because the four-term incumbent is too conservative for Seattle. Shen says O’Brien, a one-termer, is too close to Mayor Mike McGinn.
David Ishii, the other candidate challenging O’Brien, did not mount a serious campaign. Brian Carver, the other Conlin challenger, raised more in campaign contributions than Sawant, but she touted endorsements from The Stranger, local labor unions, and activists including Real Change director Tim Harris.
Conlin collected 49 percent of the vote to Sawant’s 33 percent and Carver’s 17 percent.
O’Brien won 57 percent to Shen’s 35 percent.
Two other incumbents running this year, Sally Bagshaw and Nick Licata, have only one opponent and didn’t appear on the primary ballot.
The last incumbent council member to lose an election was David Della, unseated by Tim Burgess in 2007.
July 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Some of the first attack ads of the primary season have been mailed by Albert Shen’s campaign for Seattle City Council. Two large, glossy fliers highlight Shen’s professional work as a civil engineer who has managed large public projects such as Sea-Tac’s new parking garage. One says, “Albert Shen makes things work.”
But in the lower corner of each is a picture of a smiling Mayor Mike McGinn with a tiny, creepy smiling City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Shen’s opponent in the race, superimposed against McGinn.
The first piece shows the small O’Brien pasted onto McGinn’s chest, with the words “Your other choice — Mike O’Brien who is in Mayor McGinn’s pocket.” The second has a tiny O’Brien on what seems to be the mayor’s raised index finger and says “Mayor McGinn’s finger puppet – Mike O’Brien.” The juxtaposition of the small O’Brien with the large McGinn gives an impression of O’Brien as a sort of witless homunculus who does McGinn’s bidding. It also suggests that just associating O’Brien with the unpopular mayor is enough to win voter support.
O’Brien is a personal friend of McGinn’s and both are former Sierra Club activists. But the two couldn’t be more different in temperament; O’Brien is typically friendly and self-deprecating and enjoys good working relationships with his colleagues at City Hall. The two share progressive politics and both opposed the deep-bore tunnel.
Political consultant Parker Butterworth is managing Shen’s first foray into elective politics. He said the flyers are a fast, visual way to show that O’Brien and McGinn are chief allies.
“We only have so much space.”
February 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Engineering consultant Albert Shen, originally considered a possible candidate for mayor, has filed to challenge one-term council member Mike O’Brien for Seattle City Council instead.
Shen, 46, is a business candidate running on a platform of creating jobs. He owns a transportation civil engineering consulting firm and participated this year in President Obama’s White House business council, meeting with senior administration officials to talk about small businesses. That got him excited about bringing ideas for job creation to the local level, he said, by running for office.
He first considered running for mayor, but decided to stay out of that competitive eight-candidate field.
“The key I want to work on is jobs,” he said. “We need a strategy for good, family-wage jobs.”
O’Brien, a Sierra Club volunteer and bike commuter, is an environmentalist. Shen said he supports the transportation work the council and mayor have done on street cars, light rail and bike infrastructure, but he’d like to work on “a bigger vision.”
“I really believe in mass transit,” he said. “What we need is more of a true vision of what is a 21st century transportation system.”
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