Bruce Harrell understands the challenge of affording his $1.4 million home.
  • Bruce Harrell for Mayor Campaign
  • Bruce Harrell understands the challenge of affording his $1.4 million home.

Got a campaign mailer from my Seward Park neighbor Bruce Harrell the other day, and while it is pretty much the usual campaign mailer fare, I did find the rationale behind one claim to be a little odd. "We are raising our family in the Seward Park neighborhood," Harrell writes, "and understand the challenges facing youth such as affordable housing."

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Harrell and his wife reportedly bought their 7,070-square-foot Seward Park house from disbarred attorney Bradley R. Marshall in 2011, paying $1.4 million. So I'm not really sure how this gives him street cred on the issue of affordable housing.

(On a tangential note, Harrell has long been rumored to split his time between Seattle and a Bellevue condo he and his wife own. At our SECB interview, we asked the candidates how long it's been since they slept a night in Bellevue. Harrell said: "Four years.")