Topic: Brian Carver
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July 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM
The campaign of one candidate for Seattle City Council has been funded in large part by an occasionally controversial international spiritual organization called the Art of Living Foundation.
Brian Carver, a 34-year-old Amazon.com employee who is challenging Councilmember Richard Conlin, is listed as the Art of Living’s Seattle contact on its website. He does not make a point of talking about that on the campaign trail, and the organization is not mentioned on his campaign site.
But a review of disclosure documents filed with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission indicates that of Carver’s top 50 donors, at least 34 of them are members of the Art of Living. Many are leaders in the group. Most do not live in Seattle or Washington state.
April 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has drawn a second challenger: Brian Carver, an Amazon.com manager who says education, police department reform and user-friendly transit are the keys to his second Seattle City Council campaign. Carver lost in the 2009 primary for Sally Bagshaw’s seat.
“We need to do all these things while staying true to our progressive values as a city,” Carver said.
Carver criticized Conlin for being the one no vote on legislation requiring companies to offer sick leave. He has been working as a Democratic activist since his 2009 run. He lives with his wife and their 7-month-old son in Wallingford.
Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant is also in the race.
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