Magnolia resident and head of the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council Elizabeth Campbell officially announced today that she is running for Mayor of Seattle. Campbell is leading a citizen initiative to fight the waterfront highway tunnel that will replace the viaduct.
Campbell is the second Magnolia resident to seek the Mayor’s job. Businessman James Donaldson is also running.
Campbell, 56, is a neighborhood advocate who opposed the housing development inside Discovery Park. She is studying for a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Washington. Earlier in her career, Campbell arranged development deals for health-care facilities, and started a commercial-baking company.
Here is a portion of Campbell’s statement from the announcement today:
The present administration for the past eight years has taken aim at the core values and social and structural makeup of Seattle, and has very deliberately and methodically been dismantling neighborhoods, displacing whole classes of people, and very cynically been manipulating government such that the people have lost any voice in the decisions that government makes – Seattle does not have a “public process”, instead the City of Seattle engages in public processing. I have worked to combat that processing, first as a community, citizen advocate, and by utilizing the legal system, by engaging in direct democracy, and through administrative redress.
Through the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council I successfully led the lawsuit against the City’s plans to encroach on another neighborhood, to put a housing development in Discovery Park. In order to stop the Alaskan Way tunnel project I filed and am pursuing Initiative 99, the No Tunnel Initiative, and I have filed a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office, with the State Auditor, and with the State Department of Ecology, seeking to have the whole matter of this tunnel project investigated – it was brought about by a corrupt process.