Here are the latest fundraising figures from the Washington Public Disclosure Commission as of August 13, 2007 for the Seattle City Council races on the August 21, 2007 ballot. Seven candidates have raised over $100,000.
Three incumbents are far ahead in cash. Incumbent Jean Godden, with $179,191 has out raised her closest opponent by 4 to 1. Thomas M Rasmussen is unopposed, but still has raised the most of any candidate, with $193,993. Because he is unopposed his name will not appear on the August 21, 2007 primary ballot. Sally Clark has raised $137,398 without serious challengers.
The most hotly contested races are for Positions 3 and 7.
Position 3 is the seat being vacated by Peter Steinbrueck. The two strongest contenders are Bruce Harrell who has raised $156,073 and Venus Velazquez who has raised $124,595.
David Della currently holds Position No. 7. He has raised $170,143. He is facing a strong challenge from Timothy L Burgess who has raised $154,528. Because there are only two candidates in this race it does not appear on the August 21, 2007 ballot but will be decided in the November general election..
You can read more about all the candidates running for Seattle City Council by clicking on the official Seattle Voters Guide for the August 21, 2007 primary election. In addition MajorityRulesBlog has collected as many endorsement sites as we could find and have posted them at “Washington State- August 21, 2007 Primary Endorsements.”
Seattle City Council Position No 1
JEAN H GODDEN raised $179,190.72 spent $136,905.14
SONDHEIM ROBERT C raised $2,867 spent $1,548.03
SZWAJA JOSEPH B raised $43,497.03 spent $42,390.49
Seattle City Council Position No 3
FELDMAN SCOTT M raised $1,524.68 spent $1,074.68
HARRELL BRUCE A raised $156,072.76 spent $90,084.97
MANNING JOHN E raised $3,573.18 spent $3,034.08 (as of 5/07)
NOBLES JAMES L raised $1,635.00 spent $69.00 (as of 5/07)
RUNTE ALFRED raised $6,069.73 spent $5,684.73
VELAZQUEZ VENUS raised $124,595.32 spent $86,227.83
Seattle City Council Position No 5 (on Nov 6 ballot only)
RASMUSSEN THOMAS M raised $193,993.40 spent $72,283.53
Seattle City Council Position No 7 (on Nov 6 ballot only)
BURGESS TIMOTHY L raised $154,528.57 spent $77,765.59
DELLA DAVID J raised $170,140.13 spent $89,871.71
Seattle City Council Position No 9
CLARK SALLY J raised $137,397.82 spent $48,875.35
FENTON JUDITH L raised $355.00 spent $0.00
LIPPMANN STANLEY I raised $0.00