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Will be glad when she gets President Obama to pardon every black or native man or woman in jail for MJ "crimes" not involving active use of a firearm.
Until then America is still a Police State.
Of course, 16% in the election might be a bit discouraging to a Spear council race, especially if The Stranger doesn't endorse her over Godden.
Running against Chopp was kinda of preposterous in a Political Consultant kinda way, yeah... and even The Stranger couldn't endorse the campaign. But it may be more about the constituency rather than the post in this case. I suggest that as Council Member her lack of policy granularity is forgivable for the service classes and more progressive tenants in the District. Renters are quite fond of the idea of rent control even if it seems as though she might be tilting at windmills. A majority of this District think the SPD needs to be reigned in and reorganized because it is fundamentally broken. I suspect more than half of District 4 would support her even if she fails to adequately break bread with or massage the fears of Neighborhood Association NIMBY's Real Estate agents, developers and the Chamber. Why? Because she might bring to bear a type politics that made $15 even possible. The raise in the minimum wage is the lone measure taken up by the Council that actually helps the prols in this town. Not a single CM before Sawant and 15Now would have lifted a finger otherwise.
So we gonna vote for her ass. Holla!!!!
It was because her husband owns one or two of those trendy hipster/Amazon bars and restaurants that were supposedly going to have to shut down because of the minimum wage hike. Therefore, Sawant was divisive and so forth.
1. Godden, oldster, long term incumbent, out of step with district in supporting at large, can be beaten. by who?
2. the one who comes in second.
3. in every district we will see like 5-6 candidates. we are already seeing more "viable" canddates, of a different nature. look in 4, it's some guy from TCC, some young guy about housing and yet another guy. when you have say 6 candidates including one godden and 5 others including spear, spear's 16% is fucking awesome base of prior votes, to base her city council campaign on. she may need only ten more points to come in second! and being female in a world where still, more males run, will help, voters can't keep straight all these young good looking males who line up similarly on the policies. spear being socialist is distinctive. and many folks in politics got there the second time after losing first. besides the 16%, there are many who voted for chopp who would vote for spear in ANOTHER RACE AGAINST GODDEN WITH A BUNCH OF MALES THEY DON'T HARDLY KNOW. surely another five points there. so yes, spear is very well positioned, also having the 300 volunteers, a whole cycle practicing speaking and talking, etc. certainly she is the front runner among the challengers in district 4. and duh every district has some rich enclaves, that's just not significant. besides fucking $15 is a city issue and it rocks! what specific thing has johnson maddux pedersen ever taken a leading role in that became law ? spear was like one of the top two or three activists (sawant, locker, spear) on the $15 fight. kudos. she will even get donations from outside district 4 -- like from me.