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March 6, 2017 View from the other side of the notebook
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Editor’s note: She’s back in print! Jean Godden is a new columnist for the West Seattle Herald and Westside Weekly. Godden is a veteran newspaperwoman (Seattle P.I. and Seattle Times) and public servant (Seattle City Council). Her column will give us an insider’s view of city politics. Let us know what you think about her new column. Send your thoughts to KenR@robinsonnews.com

By Jean Godden

First I wrote 5,000 columns -- give or take 40 million words -- for Seattle's daily newspapers. Then, on the final day of filing in 2003 -- I quit my job, best in the city, and paid a $850 filing fee to run for a Seattle City Council seat with no guarantee of winning.

Why would any sane person do that?

The short answer is: I was deeply offended by the behavior of an incumbent councilmember. Judy Nicastro, someone I had initially admired, sent me an email boasting about the scads of money she had raised for her re-election. Curious about her fat campaign chest, I looked up the donor records. What I found left me slack jawed.

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