With more than a year to go until the election, it seems that King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg might have some competition from a former colleague and a high-ranking member of City Attorney Pete Holmes’ staff.
This morning Satterberg celebrated his campaign kick-off inside a packed ballroom at the Sheraton Seattle. King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sheriff John Urquhart, former King County Executive Ron Sims, retired municipal court Judge Anne Levinson, Pastor Doug Wheeler, Metropolitan King County Council members, defense attorney Lisa Daugaard and Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel were among the attendees.
Satterberg, a Republican, spoke about getting tough on crimes against the elderly and harsh punishment for sex offenders. Levinson, Wheeler and even a former three-strike felon spoke on Satterberg’s behalf.
Stevan Dozier, who in May 2009 became the state’s first three-strikes offender to be granted clemency, talked about the support he had from Satterberg in seeking his freedom. Dozier was convicted in 1994 of three counts of second-degree robbery; he is now mentoring juvenile offenders.
Satterberg has been in the top job at the prosecutor’s office since longtime Prosecutor Norm Maleng died in 2007. Satterberg, who was Maleng’s chief of staff for 17 years, ran unopposed in 2010.
There have long been rumblings around both prosecutors’ offices about Craig Sims, chief of the criminal division at the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and a former senior deputy King County Prosecutor, jumping into the campaign. Yesterday, Sims posted a video on YouTube talking about concerns about how the office is being run. Sims never said he is running against Satterberg, but asked for people to contact him via email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn “regarding new leadership and a fresh new vision at the King County Prosecutor’s Office.” He is asking viewers to share the video with family and friends.
“Over the past several months I have spoken with prominent community members regarding their desire for change inside the King County Prosecutor’s Office and a fresh new vision for our future,” Sims said in the video. “There has been a call for new leadership. There has been a call for a leader who is not afraid to lead, even when it may be politically inconvenient to do so.”
“I would like to hear from you. I would like to hear what’s important to you,” Sims said.
Sims could not be reached for comment.