MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Sawant continues to lead in Seattle council campaign contributions

May 16, 2019, 6:08 AM | Updated: 10:56 am

Sawant...

Kshama Sawant. (Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

(Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Incumbent District 3 Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant continues to lead all candidates in total campaign contributions, having raised over $102,000.

RELATED: Money flows as race for Sawant’s D3 council seat heats up
RELATED: Candidates running for Seattle City Council in 2019

The bulk of Sawant’s contributions continue to come from both outside her district, and outside the city. A total of 46 percent of her donations come from outside Seattle city limits, while just 20 percent of listed addresses for contributors are inside District 3.

Digging into her individual donations, many contributors are sending money from out of Washington state entirely, residing in Minnesota, New York, Illinois, and California among other states.

Following close behind her in the race for District 3 is pot shop owner Logan Bowers, who has raised over $82,000 in contributions, thanks in large part to the city’s newly minted Democracy Voucher program.

Bowers was recently given the OK to exceed the $75,000 cap in voucher contributions, triggered by Sawant clearing that figure in April.

Even with the pair of D3 fundraising heavy hitters, though, it’s District 4 that actually boasts the most total donations of any race.

Candidates in the district have netted over $282,000 in contributions, beating District 3 by over $30,000. Top fundraisers in D4 are led by local organizer Shaun Scott (over $74,000), and Alex Pedersen (over $71,000), a former aide to Councilmember Tim Burgess.

It’s also worth noting that 11 candidates are running in D4, versus the seven in D3. That discrepancy has District 3 averaging over $35,000 in donations per candidate, outpacing District 4 by roughly $10,000.

Incumbents in this year’s council race haven’t found quite the same fundraising success as Sawant, with Lisa Herbold (District 2) and Debora Juarez (District 5) raising $55,722 and $31,615 respectively. That said, Sawant is also the only incumbent not participating in the Democracy Voucher program, affording her fewer limitations on donations she can receive.

The top five candidates in total contributions are spread out across three districts.

The deadline to file for a run at city council is Friday, May 17. As of publishing, 58 total candidates are registered.

MyNorthwest News

Washington State University (WSU) President Kirk Schulz, left, and his wife Noel Schulz speak durin...

Steve Coogan

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz announces plan to retire in 2025

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz announced his plan Friday to retire in June 2025. He has held the position since 2016.

10 hours ago

Photo: Then-Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., speaks on Nov. 6, 2018, at a Republican party election nig...

Bill Kaczaraba

Boos, chaos at Washington GOP convention over gubernatorial candidate endorsement

The state GOP convention going on in Spokane is looking more like a demolition derby than a meeting of the minds.

11 hours ago

wsp charges protest I-5...

Heather Bosch and Kate Stone

Charges filed against protesters who shut down I-5 in Seattle

Charges have been filed against six protesters who were involved in the pro-Palestinian protest that shut down I-5 in Seattle on Jan. 6.

13 hours ago

Image: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed part of Interstate 90 on Fr...

Steve Coogan

I-90 reopens after a closure due to an emergency tree removal

I-90 reopened after needing to close Friday afternoon due to an emergency tree removal, the Washington State of Transportation said Friday.

17 hours ago

The WNBA's Seattle Storm opens new facility in Interbay. (Seattle Storm X post)...

The MyNorthwest staff with wire reports

Seattle Storm unveil new Interbay practice facility, alternative uniforms

The $64 million facility in the Interbay neighborhood is an upgrade for the WNBA's Seattle Storm, which also debuted new alternate uniforms.

20 hours ago

Starbucks noise...

Bill Kaczaraba

‘What’d you say?’: Starbucks attempts to tamp down the noise

The coffee retailer, Starbucks, aims to reduce noise levels and enhance accessibility through strategic changes.

20 hours ago

Sawant continues to lead in Seattle council campaign contributions