[Posted this morning and moved up, because we can — eds]

This November, over half of the Seattle City Council—including Tom Rasmussen, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Sally Clark, and Jean Godden—will be fighting to retain their jobs on the council. Over the next nine months, they'll woo the public with track records of what they've accomplished over the past four years.

But clearly, some council members shake their asses a little harder than others. One way to gauge this is by looking at the City Council visitor logs—people sign in to meet with members to discuss everything from potential legislation to city grievances—so we examined the council members' visitor logs to find out.

Here's a table that shows how many visitors council members are actually meeting:



What's the verdict? Some council members are meeting lots of constituents (like freshman Mike O'Brien and old faithful Tim Burgess) while other people just aren't meeting many folks at all (vulnerable incumbents up for reelection this year Bruce Harrell and Jeeeeeeehun Godden).

Our high-level methodology after the jump.

The data was broken into two six-month sections because newly-elected council members Sally Bagshaw and Mike O'Brien seemed to be skewing the numbers in the first half of the year by buying rounds of root beer floats for the whole goddamn city.

The logs are one measure of judging how accessible council members are, how in touch with the issues they are, and how engaged with the public they are. In other words, it's one way to gauge how influential they are.

Again, this is just one measure of how relevant each member is and how hard they're working. But judging from the data, Bruce Harrell isn't very relevant.