The names of Rod Dembowski, Will Hall and Cindy Ryu have been sent by King County Executive Dow Constantine to the King County Council as the finalists to fill the vacant King County Council seat in District 1. The seat became vacant when voters in November elected King County Council member Bob Ferguson to be Washington State’s Attorney General.
As noted in today’s Seattle Times, the King County Council has 60 days in which to select one of the three to fill out the remainder of Ferguson’s term. The 8 King County Council members still on the Council have 60 days to make their choice. These 8 members, while elected as nonpartisan members of the Council are split 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans. The 3 finalists for the seat are all identified as Democrats. If the split Council can not make a decision, the decision will be be made by Governor Jay Inslee.
Whoever is selected will have to run for election in this year’s August Primary and if one of the top two in that Primary also run in the General Election in November. While all three say they will run for election, this might change after one of them is selected to fill the vacancy. It is also possible and likely that others will run in this year’s election, to challenge whoever is selected.
Of the three candidates being considered Rod Dembowski has raised some $63,936 from 222 contributions to run for election. Cindy Ryu has raised some $31,710 from 62 contributions. Will Hall has raised $1050 from 4 donors and loaned his campaign $2000. Cindy Ryu, as an incumbent state Legislator from the 32nd LD, is not able to raise additional funds until after the State legislative session adjourns. The regular session this year goes for 5 months and has just started. Clearly if Rod Dembowski continues to raise money at the rate he has so far, he will have a strong financial advantage in any election later this year.
Here are the links to their websites:
The Washington State Governor’s race is far and away attrracting the most money this year, followed by the race for Washington State Atttorney General. Through May 2012 Jay Inslee (D) and Rob McKenna (R) have each raised over $6 million dollars. The next campaign finance report through June 0f 2012 will be released July 10th. Full reports and contributor’s names are available on the Washington State Public Disclosure website.
here are the most recent reported numbers:
Name Raised Spent Owed
Jay Inslee (D) $6,195,567 $2,604,808 $131,065
Rob McKenna (R) $6,333,189 $2,601,872 $58.028
William Finkbinder (R) $103,327 $39,869
Brad Owens (D) $134,017 $78,134
Reagan Dunn (R) $878,303 $358,223 $1,756
Robert Ferguson (D) $852,147 $303,231 $46,074
Troy Kelley (D) $107,584 $12,956 $10,254
Mark Milosca (D) $61,287 $29,471
Craig Pridemore (D) $115,190 $43,167 $5,500
James Watkins (R) $45,515 $11,23o $20,000
Public Lands Commissioner
Clint Didier (R) $4150 $1659 $1656
Peter Goldmark (D) $289,626 $98,268
Mike Kreidler (D) $87,000 $29,665
Martin Reilly (R) $9,937 $7400
Secretary of State
Kathleen Drew $101,598 $75,429 $3800
James Kastama (D) $52,524 $37,215
Gregory Nickels (D) $105,661 $57,667 $10,700
Kimberly Wyman (R) $102,443 $41,105 $1,103
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Randy Dorn (N) $99,522 $60,532
James McIntire (D) $83,642 $35,671 $8,584
Below is an e-mail being sent out by John Ladenburg who was considering running to be the next Attorney General of Washington State. Instead he has decided to run for the Washington State Supreme Court.
This frees up the field for King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson who has already declared for the seat. You can check out more about Bob’s campaign by going to his website at electbobferguson.com. He also has a facebook page entitled Bob Ferguson for Attorney General which you can show your support on by “liking” him.
The PDC shows Democrat Bob Ferguson as currently raising $161,000 for his campaign. Reports are filed monthly by the 10th of each month for the preceeding month. Reagan Dunn who is the Republican in the race has filed no contribution reports to date since he announced on June 13, 2011. He claims on his website to have raised over $100,000 but nothing has been reported to the PDC yet.
Here is the e-mail from Democrat John Ladenburg announcing he is not running for Attorney General:
The past three months have been a very interesting time. I started out on a quest to determine if I should run for Attorney General and you and many others came to my support and helped me do the polling and research to examine that race. But, a funny thing happened along the way—many of you expressed your strong support and financial backing and also urged me to look at the office of Supreme Court Justice. While our polling and research shows I could win the office of Attorney General, your comments and advice convinced me that my experience is best served on the Supreme Court.
Therefore, having heard your advice and thoughts, I have decided to not run for Attorney General, but instead, seek a seat on the Washington Supreme Court. I want to sincerely thank all of you for the support and advice. I know that some of you will be disappointed that I will not run for Attorney General. However, I believe that it is critical that our highest court have the broadest experience and expertise available and I think I could help insure that happens.
We will close down our exploratory committee for Attorney General and focus on the Supreme Court. Under the rules of the court, judicial candidates cannot raise any campaign money until next February. The campaign will let you know when it can accept donations.
Finally, I wish to express my sincere thanks to all of you. Campaigning and public service is not easy, but having committed friends and supporters can make it much easier. Thank you for being there. I promise you that I will work as hard as I can to take a seat on the court and I promise that I will work hard on the court to do the people’s business, fair and just.
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