June 08, 2007
Last day to file for the fall ballot
Today's the last day for fall candidates to file with the county elections office.
King County posts the list of filed candidates here. (The page should be updated again today at noon and 6pm).
There's been speculation whether Eastside Republican Councilwoman Jane Hague would draw a Democrat challenger, but nobody's filed yet. And unless incumbent West Seattle Democrat Dow Constantine files by the end of the day, his seat will be taken by challenger Michael Goodspaceguy Nelson.
Bob Ferguson decided not to run for County Prosecutor after all. Deputy Prosecutor Bill Sherman intends to file for that office today, but has some unfinished business from last year's failed legislative campaign:
overspent his contributions by $36,608, according to his most recent public-disclosure filing.
Sherman said Thursday the filing was "just wrong" and he paid off his campaign debts through fundraising and his own contributions.
Doesn't the law require that "just wrong" filings be amended?
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at June 08, 2007
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FROM THE PDC MANIFESTO:
The PDC (People's Democratic Committee) system exists to protect the People's Committees and Proletarian action unions by preventing counter-revolutionary elements of the Republican Party from establishing viable political entities.
In this class struggle all means short of war will be employed in the cause of the people's justice! PDC Commissars and the PDC People's Courts are exhorted to eternal vigilance against counter-revolutionary elements!
PDC Commissars, operating in defense of the people, will use their power to defend the People's Committees and the Proletarian workers unions against the dangers of choice as represented by the Republican Party.
The People's Committees and the Proletarian workers unions, as collectivist extensions of the worker's will, are inherently democratic and hence have politically evolved beyond choice because they express the will of the people.
All collectivist entities and candidates, such as People's Committees, Proletarian action unions and their Commissars and delegates express the will of the people and hence are exempt from rules of the PDC (People's Democratic Committee).
All Hail Collectivism!
2. Ron Simms wanted his female dog Michael McGuinn to run, but McGuinn was disciplined by the Sierra Club for stealing money, lying on Sierra Club endorsements, and killing whales
3. Ron Simms wanted his female dog Michael McGuinn to run, but McGuinn was disciplined by the Sierra Club for stealing money, lying on Sierra Club endorsements, and killing whales
4. PDC, you must have been reading PDC decisions that nail Rs, but slap the wrist of Ds.
My analysis is that Bill Sherman made some data entry errors prior to submitting his final PDC report. The starting amounts on the final PDC report ending 10/30/2006 that Stefan linked are considerably higher than the ending amounts on the prior PDC report ending on 09/11/2006 -- especially on the expenditures. Sherman most likely shows negative $36,608 cash on hand because he entered too many expenditures into the PDC software.
Sherman's final PDC report ending 10/30/2006 started with $119,717.45 expenditures as of 09/12/2006, while the report ending 09/11/2006 ended with $80,739.28 expenditures as of 09/11/2006. So, prior to filling out his last PDC report, Sherman may have entered duplicate expenditures of some $38,978.17 for dates prior to 09/12/2006, thus artificially inflating the expenditure totals. If there are $38,978.17 in duplicate or nonexistent expenditures entered, that would explain why the "cash on hand" is negative to the tune of $36,608.89.
Sherman deposited $7,496.00 of his own money into his campaign fund on October 10, 2006, after the primary. Presumably, he needed to put this amount into the bank to cover campaign debts. I assume this resulted in the bank account basically zeroing out, after checks were written to cover the unpaid bills.
Sherman at least has kept better PDC records than Jane Hague -- whose former campaign treasurer stole nearly $200,000 from her various campaign funds over the years and filed dozens of fake PDC reports (all signed off unwittingly by Hague) to cover up the theft. And Sherman's PDC filings are obviously better than Norm Maleng -- where Maleng's assistant campaign treasurer apparently stole over $70,000 for his campaign fund and caused Maleng to file incorrect PDC reports that did not reflect this theft.
It's not likely former Tacoma City Council candidate Charles "Kelly" Creso will file for a second council run.
Creso explains his reasons in a June 7 e-mail to Judie Fortier and Democratic Women's Association.
"I received your notice this morning about your meeting this afternoon at the Tacoma Elks and sincerely appreciate your invitation to attend.
Like many potential candidates for political office, I have been looking at tomorrow's deadline for candidate registration and debating the pros and cons of entering into the race for Tacoma City Council. As you are aware, I have been passionate about a great many issues affecting our city for many years. I also believe it to be tremendously important that all incumbents be faced with challengers, if for no other reason than to bring important issues before Tacoma 's citizens in open public debate.
However, for a number of reasons I will most likely not enter the race this year:
1) I have noticed a substantial reluctance on the part of Tacoma 's press to cover significant city government issues from all perspectives, weighing the relevant viewpoints based on substantiating facts. In other words, often times, what is reported by the press on key city issues appears to be reported far too often not on relevance to Tacoma's citizens, but based on the pre-existing political leanings of those whose job it is to decide what will be in the news.
This fact, along with communications I received earlier this year from key editorial staff informing me of " previous associations with " lead me to believe my positions and candidacy would not be fairly covered, i.e. that the pre-existing political leanings of our primary press outlet would prevent equitable treatment by the press. And, as Tacoma history demonstrates, the press can, and often has made the decisive difference as to who will be elected in Tacoma .
2) Last time I ran for City Council, virtually every politically active group I approached indicated that support from their group would hinge on pre-committing myself to their political agendas on upcoming city issues, regardless of what a full analysis of the pros and cons might reveal would be in the best interests of Tacoma 's citizens.
It quickly became clear that my unwillingness to pre-sell my future Tacoma City Council votes on key issues was inextricably tied to potential support from these same groups. Unfortunately, in the City of Tacoma , support from these influential groups can be decisive to winning elections. My steadfast conviction that votes not be pre-sold does not bode well for successful candidacy.
Hopefully, someone else will step up to the plate and run against the incumbent in the race for Tacoma City Council. As I stated earlier, it is tremendously important that all incumbents be faced with challengers, if for no other reason than to bring important issues before Tacoma 's citizens in open public debate."
Creso ran for council four years ago and lost to Mike Lonergan.
The candidate filing deadline is 4:30 today.
7. I am in a different county, JDH, but did you notice how few people had opponents? Is this a short term or a long term trend, do you think?