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posted Friday, January 9, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 02
Rod Hearne to run for Seattle City Council; takes on Kshama Sawant in Third District
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Rod Hearne to run for Seattle City Council; takes on Kshama Sawant in Third District

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rod Hearne, former Executive Director and current Board member of Equal Rights Washington, is running for Seattle City Council District Three. He announced on January 7.

That puts him in competition with incumbent Council member Kshama Sawant, if she decides to run in the Third District. There was brief speculation, fueled by an erroneous report in The Stranger, that Sawant would challenge Sally Clark for one of the at-large Council seats, but she said later that she is 'definitely running' for the Third District slot.

The Third District takes in Capitol Hill, the Central Area as far south as the Mt. Baker neighborhood, Madrona, Washington Park, and Montlake.

Beating Sawant, who, polling shows, has high name recognition in the district, will be a challenge, Hearne admits, but one he says is 'absolutely necessary.'

'Anything I've ever done - whether it was ERW or Referendum 74 or anything - it's because I feel called to do it. It's not the size or shape of the challenge,' Hearne said.

'One of the things that attracted me to the race,' Hearne added, 'is that it's now going to be more door-to-door, more person-to-person. It's all about constituent service now. That's a perfect fit for my style and my interests.'

Talking to SGN, Hearne recalled his days as a student in Chicago, where 'the system was dysfunctional. The city was divided - geographically divided, racially divided - a lot of the same problems we have in Seattle but in Chicago they were way bigger.

'We've been lucky as a city,' Hearne continued. 'Seattle has been fairly functional. But voters have said they want to remake the City Council [by voting for district elections in 2013]. That's going to change the way people think about the Council and Council elections.

'It's going to be a different kind of election. It's going to be door-to-door and communitymember-to-community member. And that way, we're going to build a voice for ourselves.'

Under the new district system, Seattle voters will have only three City Council races on their ballots - the two at-large positions, and one representative for their district. That means voters will have to depend mainly on one Council member to take care of their needs, Hearne notes, and that person will have to be able to build a working relationship with other Council members to get results for their constituents.

'You need a dedicated problem solver,' he says. 'You need someone who opens doors and builds bridges, not someone who slams them and burns bridges.'

Although Sawant has been criticized for being 'divisive' and for sniping at her colleagues on the Council, Hearne says he is not running specifically to defeat her. In fact, he says, he has a range of projects he's eager to take on.

'I'm excited about the opening of the new light rail station [on Broadway],' Hearne tells SGN. 'I want to work to make it match the needs of the district. That will take a lot of balance, a lot of analysis, a lot of meetings.

'There are also problems of density and affordability, and directing growth to areas where we already have the infrastructure to deal with it,' he continues.

'And I'm very interested in a city-wide broadband system. You know, many years ago the City Fathers decided we should build our own public electrical system, and now it provides some of the cheapest electricity in the country.

'But our broadband system - we have two providers, but they're not building out their system and they charge an exorbitant amount for the service. We can really do better than that.'

Other potential candidates for the Third district have yet to materialize.

One who was rumored to be running, Don Blakeney of the Chinatown/International District BIA, told CHS blog that he will not run this year. Another potential challenger, 43rd District Democratic chair Scott Forbes, also said he had no plans to run.

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