I tried to call Ethics and Elections Commission Chairman Wayne Barnett just now—the dude who told the Seattle Times that he "wants to know [my] intentions," and that it's his job to "to figure out whether [I'm] serious or not"—to tell him that I'm serious and I intend to run and that I'm really totally intentionally serious here. But Wayne is out of the office. At 2:30 on a weekday. And so is everybody else at Ethics and Elections. All of 'em, out of the office, according to the brusque and unhelpful person who answered the phone there. At 2:30 PM on a weekday.

Maybe they're all off plowing the snow from the streets in Greg Nickels' neighborhood.

Um, Wayne? If the gang down at Ethics and Elections is curious about my intentions, if you're dying to figure out whether I'm serious or not, why not call me? I take calls, you know. Failing that, why don't you guys keep regular office hours? That way when I call you there'll be someone in the office to take my call, someone I could inform about my deadly serious intentions.

I'm running for mayor—and my reasons for running are laid out here. But Zoroastronomer sums up my reasons for running pretty well in this comment thread:

[Dan's] just getting public attention to a sad-sack mayoral race where no one has the balls to run against a sad-sack incumbent, in the hopes of shaming a qualified candidate to run. If no qualified candidates run, then it doesn't really matter who declares, now does it. And at least Dan is honest about his intentions. Actually, I hope he truly declares, wins, goes back on his promise to resign and becomes Seattle's Big Gay Mayor....

Not a chance. I've nominated myself and I'm running. But if elected, I will not serve.