Christopher Frizelle (SLOG):
Seven of the people who worked more than 40 hours a week on the McGinn for Mayor campaign without pay—the core volunteer staff—now have paying jobs. They are Ainsley Close, Aaron Pickus, Elliott Day, Liz Birkholz, Jen Nance, April Thomas, and Derek Farmer. And instead of working out of campaign headquarters on Aurora Avenue North, they now work out of the transition office on the 60th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower on Fifth Avenue. Instead of views of traffic screaming past, they now have views of south Seattle, Beacon Hill, Seward Park, Mercer Island, Lake Washington, the Bellevue skyline, etc.Howie P.S.: During the campaign I teased SLOGers that if Mallahan won they would have four years of trash-talkin' fun. They ended up with something way better: ACCESS!Asked about how it feels to have a job, Farmer said, "I haven't signed papers yet, but I feel really good. It's gonna be a great place to work." Day said, "I'm just psyched to be helping Mike." Thomas said, "It feels excellent. I was getting kind of close to the edge there." Pickus said, "Working on the campaign was the best experience I've ever had and being a staff member during the transition—it was an honor to be asked. It's been a day and a half and I love doing it."