For all the talk of Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn’s grassroots-driven victory over Joe Mallahan this year, the real story of this year’s local elections is that Seattle voters put not one but two grassroots environmentalists in power. When he takes the oath of office next January, McGinn will be joined at City Hall by City Council Member-Elect Mike O’Brien, an ideological ally, fellow roads and transit crusader, fellow bicylist, and close family friend (their kids often sleep over at each other’s houses).
“The thing I do believe in is the kind of grassroots organizing that both our campaigns did and that the Sierra Club did during the [roads and transit] fight,” O’Brien says. “That’s going to be a big component of what I want to do on the council. It’s not going to be trying to get four votes—it’s going to be trying to get 4,000 people in the community to rally around what I want to do.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"The Other Mike"
Erica C. Barnett (Publicola):