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Elizabeth Campbell running for mayor

May 26th, 2009 · 66 Comments

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. 

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  • mike

    a lot of NIMBY complaining… yep, she reflects the ideals of magnolia fairly well (seattle and it’s struggling working class, not so much)

  • Judy

    And she’s strongly anti-bike (just read her comments in the PI). Not right for our city of mixed-transportation users.

  • nae

    I was going to say something bad because I heard her on NPR this morning while i was carpooling to work in MY CAR and she sounds like she is 80. However, now that I know she is anti bike. I love her!

  • L.M. Synder

    Excellent – once the car-only wackos start supporting her she won’t have a chance!

  • election watcher

    Wow! I hear she’s quite a whack job who pesters every City Department on a weekly basis with Public Disclosure requests, perhaps all this will come back to bite her, not that she has a chance in hell to even coming close to becoming Mayor.

  • Pet Lady

    I hear she is always on the front lines supporting citizens’ right to know, and that she is very fair and decent person. She is one of the few people that publicly pursues benefits for Magnolia, if it wasn’t for her group, the Planning Council, that won the lawsuit against the City at Discovery Park, the City would be walking all over the Park. She has tried to get Parks to develop Ursual Judkins Viewpoint, they refuse to, and she is the main person out fighting for Magnolia’s, Ballard’s, QA’s, etc. right to have access along the waterfront – not the stop and go drama that the City has planned for us. I also asked her about the bikes – she is for grade separation and safer bikeways, not these little two foot wide strips along the streets – I think that is pretty decent thinking about safety – the City sure isn’t!

  • Heidi

    We would be very pleased to see some neighborhood representation in our local government. Go Elizabeth!

  • Bobby

    I wonder who she is refereing to when she mentions the City has “very deliberately and methodically been dismantling neighborhoods, displacing whole classes of people…”

    So, rhetoric aside, her platform is: keep the viaduct, and keep (low income) housing out of her neighborhood?

  • Pet Lady

    Bobby, what are you talking about? if you look at her website, http://www.c4seattlemayor.com, you will see that she is talking about the homeless, the average person in Seattle. Also – post-Viaduct, plan on being marooned in NW Seattle – no other mayoral candidate is taking the part of some 75,000 daily users of the Viaduct – that is not to be scoffed at! The rest of the candidates could are less.

  • Dave

    “Campbell said it might be a good idea to bring a Walmart into the neighborhood, to show other businesses that there is good industry in the neighborhood.”

    -Seattle Courant, April 9, 2009

    Elizabeth Campbell, YOUR community advocate.

  • bobby

    The homeless is the average person in Seattle? The quote was straight from her press release.

    I like being marooned in NW Seattle–and when I leave, I can figure out how to go without the viaduct.

  • http://magnoliavoice Sarah

    As someone who uses the viaduct every day to get to work, I support the tunnel. Yes, there will be significant inconveniences in the short term, but in the long run, the tunnel will dramatically improve Seattle’s waterfront.

    As for Ms. Campbell, from my experience with her, it seems she is only concerned about Magnolia issues, and even then, only represents the views of a small fraction of Magnolia residents. What she has successfully done is cost the taxpayers more money with her NIMBY lawsuits and initiatives. She is someone who is upset about a few key issues and has decided to run on that platform. In reality she has no idea of the complexities involved in governing a city as large as Seattle, nor does she have the credentials for it.

  • Dave

    Well said Sarah! I couldn’t agree more.

  • Me too

    I agree with Dave – well said, Sarah. That’s exactly my experience watching her in action.

  • Pet Lady

    Dear Sarah, you won’t be using the tunnel, FYI – there are no access points for NW Seattle. In regards to accusation of NIMBY-ism – There isn’t a single issue that is NIMBY, and, at least she does something, which is more than some people and a certain group on Magnolia has done; the one that likes to act like it is so representative of Magnolians – do the initials MCC ring a bell?

    As for “costing taxpayers” – so what is your take on this, we should go along with everything government does then according to your thinking? Me thinks you’re being spiteful, is this personal? I like Elizabeth and she has been a strong advocate for Magnolia and for other city issues.

  • Joey

    Hey, hypocritical Pet Lady,

    Why do you write that Sarah is “being spiteful, is this personal?” while a the time being spiteful and taking a personal jab at the MCC?

  • Bobby

    Oh, It’s like Balderdash. Let me guess:

    MCC:

    Magnolia Cheese Council

  • Zach

    I am glad that someone with strong neighborhood ties is running and I hope she makes it. For too long the city has been dominated by downtown and SLU. A walmart is not a bad thing either, it provides a service for a wide variety of economic means. This thing about it being so bad is urban myth. If you hate walmart so much why shop at any chain, like fred meyer, costco, office max? They all displace “small business” whatever that mythological place is supposed to exist. I say you go girl!!

  • http://www.magnoliavoice.com Henry

    Zach,

    I suggest you read the attached, or any other of the numerous articles discussing Walmart. I agree Walmart “is not a bad thing.” It is a terrible thing.

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061016/wal_mart

    Then read the following about Costco. All big box stores are not the same.

    http://www.alternet.org/story/19014

  • SeaVoter

    I like the fact that she has thought about some of the issues, and that she is involved with civic activities, and that she is directly addressing the issue of corruption in city hall.

    I am so tired of city administrators who think nothing of spending billions of our tax money building boondoggles for millionaires, but we have pot holes on the streets, no side walks, poorly-funded health clinics, etc.

    NIMBYism is not necessarily bad. If neighborhoods think a project will adversely affect them, then we should redesign the project, or pay some kind of benefit to offset the project. If it’s too expensive to do that, then the project probably isn’t worth it.

    There are crappy parts of seattle that NEED to be improved. If the city put an attractive, well-designed housing project in those areas, it would make the neighborhood better. That’s where we should locate housing projects – where it will make the neighborhood better, not worse.

    If a project is so bad that NO ONE wants it, then maybe we should rethink the project.

    I’m sick of seeing local billionaires making out like bandits, getting whatever they want from a city government they own lock, stock, and barrel.

  • Name

    Just listened to Elizabeth Campbell represent her positions on KOUW. She is, imo, an unmitigated idiot, or said another way a populist regressivist.

    She believes that zoning policy allowing for more condos has driven families out of Seattle. But families haven't “left” Seattle — they've grown up and people w/o families have moved in. Are the houses left vacant remotely afordable enough for an influx of young families? Not on your life.

    Vacant houses don't bring families to an area; stable jobs and affordable housing do. Limiting zoning always makes housing more expensive, not less expensive. So Campbell position is essentially irrational.

    Her vision is to zone her way back to the Leave It To Beaver Seattle she grew up in, which any rational person knows is impossible. It is no longer 1962 in Seattle and never will be again. Maybe it was a better time, and maybe appealing to it attracts fellow regressivists, but her vision is irrational, poorly thought, and completely untenable.

    In fact ever justification for every position she proposed on KUOW was equally disconnected (the mayor's gruff personal interaction style influences the youth of the city to be more violent? Say waaaaaahh????) . To me this qualifies for the label idiot — the positions are different but she's just a Sarah Palin (plainspoken irrational populist) in a different package.

    I actually don't like any of the mayoral candidate, or the incumbent. Why can't this city get a decent mayor elected?

  • Name

    Just listened to Elizabeth Campbell represent her positions on KOUW. She is, imo, an unmitigated idiot, or said another way a populist regressivist.

    She believes that zoning policy allowing for more condos has driven families out of Seattle. But families haven't “left” Seattle — they've grown up and people w/o families have moved in. Are the houses left vacant remotely afordable enough for an influx of young families? Not on your life.

    Vacant houses don't bring families to an area; stable jobs and affordable housing do. Limiting zoning always makes housing more expensive, not less expensive. So Campbell position is essentially irrational.

    Her vision is to zone her way back to the Leave It To Beaver Seattle she grew up in, which any rational person knows is impossible. It is no longer 1962 in Seattle and never will be again. Maybe it was a better time, and maybe appealing to it attracts fellow regressivists, but her vision is irrational, poorly thought, and completely untenable.

    In fact ever justification for every position she proposed on KUOW was equally disconnected (the mayor's gruff personal interaction style influences the youth of the city to be more violent? Say waaaaaahh????) . To me this qualifies for the label idiot — the positions are different but she's just a Sarah Palin (plainspoken irrational populist) in a different package.

    I actually don't like any of the mayoral candidate, or the incumbent. Why can't this city get a decent mayor elected?

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