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Ken's View: Mayor's race and the stadium question | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Monday, May 15, 2017 | Overcast, 51.8 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter Two apartment projects with 73 units and five parking spaces up for meeting May 25 A public meeting on two projects very close to each other with 73 ... Experimac: Apple centric sales and service store opens in West Seattle Experimac, an Apple centered store offering services, repairs and ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Sports Roundup 5-13-17 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR Friday, May ... Amanda's View: Colosseum and memoriam By Amanda Knox Approaching Century Link Field in a throng of ... Police Blotter week of 5-15-17 Man arrested for firing gun in park Around 11:30 p.m. on Wed., ... Commentary Ken's View: Mayor's race and the stadium question Op-Ed: Let us book prisoners in Kent Editor's Notebook: Another stadium downtown is a bad idea WSLL majors stay alive in tourney with three straight wins Jerry's View: Rudy Bundas lost putting match Bicycles, cars & trucks occupying the same space at the same time McGinn’s skepticism is warranted Be true to your own spirit Council member praises Legislature's support for County finances Councilman urges state to act to protect bus service Common Cents: Keep contributing to your 401(k) NEW A Garden For All: From sea to shining sea 'Well' NEW Air Quality and Lichens NEW Keepin' It Real With Renae: Economic downfall in city, county, state budgets Cool Mom Family Movie Night at Camp Long NEW Common Cents: Will a new administration affect your investment moves? A Garden for All: Garden as metaphor NEW A Garden for All: A little local, a little green Car Counselor: What are diagnostics? Top bands will appear at Easy Street Friday First Thursday Democrats Let's Talk Going Green Talking about their generation West Seattle family leads local opera community Ken's View: Mayor's race and the stadium question 05/15/2017 updated 14 minutes ago A mournful mayor Patrick Robinson’s powerful image of Mayor Ed Murray expresses the pain of his decision to not seek re-election. The burden of bearing an accusation of crimes committed many years ago, based on assertions alone, have had a withering effect on him for sure. If any among us were similarly accused, we might also be crushed by the words. His decision is a courageous one, meant to spare both him and his family from additional humiliation. The shabby part of this is the notion that an accusation is a conviction. His dynamic tenure as mayor of one of the great cities of America will be discounted. Seattlites seem anxious to distance themselves from scandal as it reflects on the populace. More than a dozen local citizens have tossed their hats into the ring to be our leader. Best known before the mayor was sued is Mike McGinn, first to announce he wanted his old job back. It would be a tough row to hoe for Mike after the relentless pounding the Seattle Times gave him when he was mayor. And his reputation for being pugnacious with the council won’t help either. He was an active community-oriented guy, often stepping out of the office to allow the peasants to touch his hem in places like Ballard and West Seattle. But voters here were not sorry to see him go. A parade of candidates includes some notable civic activists. This is a great thing for the city. Whether any of them should be mayor is a wild card. Sometimes a player is better suited for the team effort by staying in the position they play best. Richard Sherman is a terrific cornerback for the Seahawks. But he should not be quarterback too. Dad used to say, “Let the shoemaker stick to his last.” The brightest applicant for Mayor of Seattle is attorney Jenny Durkan. Westside Seattle staff writer Lindsay Petyon’s background story on Durkan tells of a person who has been auditioning for this role her entire life. She is a member of a powerhouse political family of whom we have been aware for many years as they served various roles in public life. She does not need to trot out her bona fides. We believe Jenny Durkan is an exceptional human being who this community would be proud to have as our leader. The stadium controversy From the outside looking at the choices presented to the Seattle City Council by two groups who want to use the old Coliseum for a sports venue, we are dismayed. Shouldn’t one of the choices be None of the Above? Do we have to have another stadium plunked downtown, forcing us to jam up the roads to get to it, often at rush hour? Do we have to commit public funds to another outside entity that wants to use our land or facilities to make a buck? Full disclosure: I used to work in the building now called Key Arena. I was a guide on the Bubbleator during the 1962 World’s Fair. We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. Please send us your news tips, photos or ideas of how we can better cover your neighborhood. Email us at or TEXT news tips to 206-459-6717 Receive updates on news and events in the West Seattle neighborhood via Twitter! Web development by Freelock Computing © 2017 Robinson Communications Inc. All Rights Reserved. Contact Us Terms Home Delivery Media kit available on request -- contact window.fbAsyncInit = function() { FB. 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