Three-dot election

Nobody can call the Green Party of Seattle predictable. Last week, the greenies endorsed a mayoral candidate who won't even be on the ballot—write-in Christal Wood. Maybe Ralph Nader's big 3 percent of the vote made them feel too mainstream. . . . Best line from Mark Sidran's Seattle Weekly editorial interview: "If people want something different, they'll vote for me; if they want more of the same, Greg [Nickels] wins—and if they can't figure it out, I guess Paul [Schell] keeps the job." . . . Seattle's Most Pressing Need Department: "I think it's time we get someone on our City Council who has an event-planning background," says candidate Heath Merriwether. Guess what Heath does for a living. . . . "I'm not, at this point, an angry fellow," proclaims Garry Breitstein, an amiable ex-teacher and School Board candidate also listed on the ballot by his school nickname, "Mr. B." . . . Now All We Need Is a Time Machine Department: "I think that light rail will be a success probably 20 years from now," says Dwight Pelz, County Council member seeking re-election. . . . "I'm on the outside looking in, but if I get on the inside, I'm going to tear it up," says Pat Wright, Total Experience Gospel Choir founder and School Board candidate. . . . County executive Ron Sims on Seattle's reactive political climate: "The reason why we rebuilt the I-90 bridge is because it sank; the reason we built the West Seattle Bridge is because a tug hit the old one." . . . The Process Servers Know Me Department: "I'm a familiar figure to some and kind of a confusing figure to others," says Michael Preston, School Board member turned Seattle City Council candidate. . . . When asked to name any Seattle resident he could support for the mayor's job rather than running himself, perennial candidate Bob Hegamin was stumped. Bob's been the best man for the job since the early 1970s, when he first ran for City Council. . . .

"If anyone out there has their telegraph in their pocket rather than their cell phone, that's a good reason to build light-rail rather than monorail," quips light rail critic Preston. . . . Best Recovery Department: After telling the 43rd District Democrats that people shouldn't have to vote for "the lesser of two evils," mayoral candidate Scott Kennedy turned to rivals Schell and Nickels and added, "not that anyone's evil here in this room—it's just a figure of speech."

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