Emily Heffter (Seattle Times):
How did Mike McGinn apparently take Seattle City Hall? The mayoral candidate had a fleet of volunteers so devoted they deferred graduate school, borrowed money from their parents and spent hours contacting voters for McGinn.--Moments after the first returns were posted in the Seattle mayor's race, Mike McGinn's volunteer field director took the stage at the Capitol Hill party.Howie P.S.: As Mayor, Mike will have to work with lots of people who don't work for nothing. Let's hope he can work as well with them.
"It's still really, really close," Derek Farmer shouted. "We need everybody that has a phone to help."In the midst of organizing about 300 active campaign volunteers, Villarreal polished his résumé and got a job as a nurse's assistant. He starts later this month.
As he watched the returns last week, Villarreal said he would rather have a close race than a blowout because volunteers will know their work made a difference.
"It means our volunteers pushed us over the top," he said. "You can't pay anyone to do for you what a good volunteer can do for nothing."