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February 16, 2005

Dwight Pelz is running for Seattle City Council

... and he is smart enough to put himself out to the Democracy For Washington blog.  Good for him.  Dwight seems like a stand-up guy. 

But my question is this: why not run against Richard MacIver or Jan Drago, who have zero opposition and are much more worthy of being fired than Richard Conlin?   We need to get a progressive majority on the coucil, and while I don't agree with everything Richard's done, he's definitely right more than he is wrong.

Of course, it's possible that Dwight will do some last minute shuffling and run against someone else  -- he doesn't have to make up his mind for real until July 29, which is a long way off.

Posted by Jon Stahl on February 16, 2005 at 12:47 AM in Candidate Races | Permalink


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Dwight probably needs to hear from us on this. I would be curious as well to find out why he is going after Richard.

Posted by: Chad Lupkes | Feb 16, 2005 7:05:02 AM

What's "progressive" on the seattle city council? THey are all for gay rights, choice, labor, etc. Is the monorail progressive or not? Does going to a bunch of neighborhood meetings make you progressive? Is supporting the viaduct re-do progressive or not? A two-way Mercer Street? I have opinions on all of these things, but I'm not sure that you can put them into a left-right axis.

Posted by: dan | Feb 16, 2005 9:45:48 AM

Dan, a good question. In the context of the Seattle City Council, I think progressive means being for sustainability, for public transportation, against handouts to private interests, for policies and initiatives that have the support of broad segements of Seatttle, not just the wealthy/powerful few. I think it means being willing to tackle the tough issues of who has power and who doesn't -- without getting distracted by identity issues and turf battles.

On an absolute scale, all the Seattle City Council members are far closer to this ideal than, say the average Republican state representative. But some of them are closer than others.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Feb 16, 2005 9:53:05 AM

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