Before we get into some of the new endorsements, I’d like to just recap some endorsements from the primary that are still relevant.
Our editorial board is Martin H. Duke, Ben Schiendelman, and John Jensen, with valued input from the rest of the staff.
Dow Constantine for King County Executive. Councilmember Constantine has been a longtime supporter of aggressively expanding our bus and rail service. He has experience with both the King County and State of Washington legislatures, giving him good contacts in both. Furthermore, he is unique in having a Master of Urban Planning degree from UW, giving him sophisticated insights into one of the most critical issues confronting the County. He has been deeply involved in the details of finding a solution to the Metro budget crisis.
His opponent, Susan Hutchison, has no experience in government. She has been evasive and vague when answering questions about key transportation issues. When she has gotten at all specific, the answers have been quite worrying to transit advocates.
We will also add that this is the most important race in this election cycle. The office may be the most important one — at any level — in terms of impact on transit, as the Executive runs King County Metro, the foot ferry system, and appoints 10 of the 18 members of the Sound Transit Board of Directors. This a huge responsibility that deeply impacts the experience of anyone who uses the services of any of these agencies. There is also a large difference between the candidates.
Richard Conlin for Seattle City Council Position 2. Conlin has been a consistent friend of transit on the Council, and takes important pro-density positions.
Sally Bagshaw for Seattle City Council Position 4
Jessie Israel for Seattle City Council Position 6
While both of these candidates have essentially acceptable views on transit and land use, their opponents do not. Bagshaw opponent David Bloom, like his ally John Fox, basically opposes all large infrastructure and development projects. Bloom’s policies would result in skyrocketing housing prices, never-ending sprawl, and no alternative to buses sitting in traffic. Israel’s opponent, Councilmember Nick Licata, is a progressive voice, but his skepticism of the establishment has led him to foolishly flirt with anti-rail figures in the past.
Mike O’Brien for Seattle City Council Position 8. Mike O’Brien is a committed environmentalist that understands the need for dense, walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. His transportation plan is both progressive and, avoiding platitudes, focuses on areas where the City Council can actually make a difference.