Transit nerds like Cary Moon.
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The nonprofit transit advocacy group Seattle Subway endorsed urban planner Cary Moon for mayor.

In their statement, the group gushes over Moon's promises to prioritize transit improvements over single occupancy vehicles and to speed up Seattle light rail projects with city money.

Seattle Subway was instrumental last year first in pushing for a big, ambitious light rail package and then in campaigning for the $54 billion Sound Transit 3.

It's hard to ignore the obvious here. A group hyper-focused on light rail passed over the one candidate who actually worked at a transit agency and for a nonprofit that advocated for light rail: Jessyn Farrell. Before serving as a state representative, Farrell worked for Pierce Transit and Transportation Choices Coalition and has campaigned on her work fighting for transit funding. But Seattle Subway has a grudge: a vote Farrell took during the most recent legislative session to approve changes to the car tab taxes that help fund light rail projects. Those changes would cost Sound Transit about $2 billion.

Seattle Subway says that vote cost Farrell their support "not just because of her decision itself, but because of her decision to make it one of her platforms in this race. In a close race with several tough and legitimate supporters of Seattle Subway's policy preferences, that was the deciding factor for many of us."


Notably, that vote didn't cost Farrell support from another group focused on transit: Seattle Transit Blog. The blog's editorial board endorsed Farrell, arguing she'd be more likely to deliver on her agenda than Moon. (STB also made the case that Farrell's career has been "working within the system rather than in the streets against it, which is exactly the skill set needed by a mayor," an apparent dismissal of activists turned electeds.)

Seattle Subway also endorsed Lorena González and Teresa Mosqueda for citywide city council Position 8. The group did not endorse in the race for Position 9. Read all of the mayoral frontrunners' Seattle Subway questionnaires here: Moon, Oliver, Farrell, McGinn, Durkan, Hasegawa.

Meanwhile, in other endorsement news:

In one of the two races for city council, the Seattle Times Editorial Board endorsed Pat Murakami, the slow-growth/neighborhood-focused opponent of Seattle City Council member Lorena González.

It's mostly typical pro-business droning from the Times ed board. They praise Murakami's business perspective and says she'll "strengthen the voice of residents who own homes as well as those who rent," adding that "half the population lives in single-family homes and their neighborhoods are Seattle’s bedrock." Will someone please think of the single-family homeowners for once?!

Then there's this: "It’s fine to oppose President Donald Trump, but council members need to focus on the city." It's an interesting dismissal of González considering the way the board fell over itself to praise Jenny Durkan, in part for her ability to stand up to Trump.

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In any case, it's unlikely to matter much for González. The council member has raised more than four times as much money as Murakami and picked up basically every other endorsement in the city. This morning, González's campaign quickly seized on the Times' editorial, sending out a fundraising email with the subject line: "Fighting Trump is not a distraction."

Both Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii are supporting González as well as Teresa Mosqueda (who's running for the other citywide council position, Position 8), but avoiding the mayoral race.

This post has been corrected to reflect that Seattle Subway did not endorse in the race for Seattle City Council Position 9.

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