In 2012 there were a lot of voters on the Democratic side whose voting calculus had a major Lessor Of Two Evil (LOTE) component. For those of you tiring of that LOTE argument influences choices you make on your ballot - I'm talking to YOU.
Tim Burgess wants the citizens of Seattle to elect him Mayor of Seattle in 2013. He made this announcement at the end of November 2012. In November 2012 those same Seattle citizens voted against the Charter School Initiative 1240, in many precincts by over 60%. Who is Mr. Burgess going to representing on education issues? Will it be Seattle's citizens?
The charter initiative 1240 obtained enough signatures for the ballot because millionaires and billionaires spent millions getting the signatures. Those rich people then paid for a multi-million dollar campaign which outspent the opposition appx. 17 to 1 so they could win 507 to 493. Initiative 1240 is the full employment act for education deformers in Washington.
I've been a Seattle high school math teacher for 7 years. The education deformers have done some good to systemically help kids who are being failed by the community and the system. That good is negated by the incessant, relentless deformer work blaming those of us in the buildings for problems which start far from our doors.
Some of Mr. Burgess' most prominent supporters are 1240 supporters because they are active education deformers, as is Mr. Burgess. I find him to be another LOTE Democrat. For how many more years and decades are we going to keep electing LOTE Democrats to run our community programs into the pockets of well connected cronies?
The citizens of the City of Seattle voted against the 2012 Charter School Initiative 1240, in many precincts by over 60%. Mr. Burgess wants the citizens to elect him - who is Mr. Burgess going to representing on education issues? Deformers and their cronies, or, citizens?