July 19, 2013
August 6, 2013 Primary Election Endorsements
Only races with three or more candidates will appear on the Primary ballot. If only two candidates have filed, they will appear on the General Election ballot. All offices are officially non-partisan but most of the candidates come from the far left of political center, some could be worse than others.
Proposition No. 1 - Parks Levy - Vote Parks Yes it renews a prior levy but any way you look at it, it will increase taxes but opposing parks is akin to opposing apple pie and motherhood. At least parks are a core job of the government. VOTE YES.
Executive - Dow Constantine has done a good job in his first term. VOTE FOR Constantine
Council District #1 - Incumbent Rod Dembowski Dembowski for Council is a leftist Democrat appointed to the council when Bob Ferguson was elected Attorney General. His only viable opponent is another leftist, a second generation Korean, Naomi Wilson Wilson for Council Left either way but Dembowski has the edge. VOTE FOR Dembowski
Council District #9 - Reagan Dunn Dunn for Council lost the race for Attorney General despite being the better-qualified candidate. He paid the price for running under the Republican banner. VOTE FOR Dunn
Port of Seattle:
Commissioner Position No. 1 - Incumbent Stephanie Bowman, Bowman for Commissioner was appointed to the commission when Rob Holland resigned. She is opposed by Michael Wolfe Wolfe for Commissioner and Libertarian Andrew Pilloud. Bowman has heavy endorsements from labor unions and Democrats. Wolfe garnered heavy support from Democrats. Flip a coin, peas out of the same pod. VOTE FOR Bowman or Wolfe
City of Seattle:
Mayor - Take a good look at Charlie Staadecker; Staadecker for Mayor especially look at his Sx Pillars describing what he will do as Mayor. He is not a current or former member of the City Council, a state senator or mayor but he has sterling credentials for the job and would be a breath of fresh air sorely needed in Seattle politics. VOTE FOR Staadecker
City Council Position #1 - Incumbent Richard Conlin Conlin for Council Far better qualified than any of his two opponents. VOTE FOR Conlin
City Council Position #8 - Incumbent Mike O'Brien O'Brien for Council is joined at the hip with Mayor McGinn so if you don't like the mayor consider Albert Shen Shen for Council Even if you do like the mayor, consider Albert Shen. VOTE FOR Shen
Posted by warrenpeterson at July 19, 2013
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Sorry Warren, you are wrong about the Parks Levy. A 40% increase, decided in a primary election is a blatant attempt to slip one by the voters. The County is doubling the amount of money they are allocating for land acquisition, they cannot maintain what they have right now.
According to the DNR 50% of the Land mass of King County is already protected, many more rural districts even higher. They are not prioritizing, the combined two levys into one as a lever against the voters to say "we will have to close down the parks unless you give us what we want." It's essentially extortion by County. Vote NO and force them to take care of what is already in the inventory, not go on a spending spree on the backs of County property tax payers.
2. In addition to being wrong on the Parks Levy, you are wrong in all your recommendations. All of the candidates you list are liberal Democrats. Promoting liberal Democrats does not advance the cause of conservatism, it does not advance liberty, and it does not advance important conservative issues such as the right to life, Second Amendment, repealing Obamacare, property rights, lower taxes, promoting economic growth, and reduced government spending. Rather, it gives false positive credentials to the endorsed Democrats, who can then falsely claim to be moderate, referring to their endorsement by "even some Republicans." The Democratic Party is an obstacle to liberty, and boosting the career stepping stones of Democratic candidates is harmful and counter-productive. There are a small number of Republican candidates in the Seattle-King County area, including conservative Alan Lobdell for King County Executive and libertarian Andrew Pilloud for Port of Seattle Commissioner position #3. To support even a flawed or longshot Republican candidate is to advance the conservative political party - the GOP (though imperfect) is the best political vehicle to advance liberty. To support any Democratic candidate is to boost the politicians, elected officials, and organization of the Democratic Party, which among political organizations is the most important obstacle to liberty.
Let me amend that:
In addition to being wrong on the Parks Levy, you are wrong in all your recommendations except for your endorsement of Reagan Dunn. All of the other candidates you list are liberal Democrats.
4. Andrew Pilloud is NOT a socialist. He is a libertarian Republican and Ron Paul supporter. See http://andrew.pilloud.us/blog/2013/06/20/sea-tac-minimum-wage-what-are-we-trying-accomplish where Republican Pilloud criticizes his two Democratic opponents for their support of the union bosses' efforts to impose a $15 per hour minimum wage in SeaTac. Also, see http://on.fb.me/17tk7ZM regarding Pilloud campaigning at the Republican Liberty Caucus of Washington, a libertarian group within the Republican Party. In the voters pamphlet, both of his progressive opponents tout their endorsement by liberal and Democratic groups.
5. Regarding Charles Staadecker, his PDC donation records indicate that he has been a supporter of Ron Sims, Gary Locke, Christine Gregoire, and Dow Constantine. Also, Staadecker is a gun control advocate - see http://www.charlieformayor.org/gun-safety/
You are correct about Port of Seattle candidate Andrew Pilloud. I have revised the post and express my apologies for my error. I confused him with Seattle City Council candidate Ksharma Swant. As to your other comments, I stated that most of the candidates are far left of center and some are worse than others. For instance, Colin is a left leaning Democrat (Who isn't one on the council?) but he sometimes gets it right and his opponents would be worse. If Republicans have any hope of resurgence, they will have to find and fund more credible candidates. Alan Lobdell has interesting stuff on his web site but I've heard him speak, he is unelectable. Perhaps the only choice for Republicans is don't vote or write in Steve Beren as a protest against the establishment. My endorsements were to a wider audience but I do wish I had thought of the Beren Write In idea before I posted the endorsements. Finally, I am in sympathy with Smolie on the parks levy. Unfortunately, it is a throw out the baby with the bathwater choice, which is what you get when liberals hold overwhelming majorities.
Thanks, Warren - always good to discuss politics with you, even when we disagree (we usually agree, of course, but just not in this case).
The claim that a particular Democrat supposedly sometimes gets it right (on illegal immigration? on decreasing taxes? on supporting the right to life? on repealing Obamacare? on reducing the size of government? on gun rights? on affirmative action? on redefining marriage?) is, in the first place, debatable.
Moreover, to support an individual candidate like Constantine or Conlin or Shen or Bowman or Wolfe or Demobowski amounts to boosting the career stepping stones of Democratic candidates, and is therefore harmful and counter-productive.
In the case of Republican Pilloud, a libertarian Republican who is running against two leftist Democrats, the error is glaring. Wolfe and Bowman are two peas in a pod; Pilloud is far superior to either one.
Warren, you say that "[your] endorsements were to a wider audience." The implication is that, to an audience of conservatives and Republicans, you would make one list of endorsements, while to "a wider audience" you would make different recommendations. Why? For those who are not conservatives or Republicans, isn't the whole point to persuade them to either become conservative and Republican, or at least persuade them to vote for conservative and Republican candidates even if they don't agree on every issue?
What good does it do for a conservative such as yourself to recommend to the "wider audience" of liberals and Democrats to vote for liberal and Democratic candidates?
I appreciate your comment that, "perhaps the only choice for Republicans is don't vote or write in Steve Beren as a protest against the establishment." But I would amend it as follows:
"For all citizens of King County, where all candidates are from the anti-liberty Democratic Party, certainly the only choice is either don't vote or write in a conservative Republican as a protest against the Democratic Party and the progressive establishment."
Warren after reading your suggestions I had to check the date to make sure it wasn't April 1st. Chairman Dow? Really?
Reagan Dunn will get my vote. The rest have done nothing to deserve the support of this misplaced western Washington conservative.
The parks levy is just another "think of the children" money grab with the added benefit of expanding a government program. Nope, not on my watch.
9. There is no danger in voting NO to the Parks Levy, the County know it is an over-reach, but they are smirking and putting it on the ballot to see what they can get away with. Vote NO. They may actually have to prioritize for a change and stop spending on wants rather than needs. If Dow wants to shut the Parks down, let him. He will blink, his eyes are on Inslee's Governors Seat next election.