On the one hand, the one person I did not want to be mayor - from a public education standpoint - was Tim Burgess. He made it much easier because he walked away. (But he made it clear he hoped for a new mayor in the fall.)
I am continuing to talk with all the candidates and it makes for some interesting discussions. What I plan to do is offer tidbits of those conversations and make some suggestions for candidates I think would be good for public education. There won't be any endorsement per se of one candidate.
There are several mayoral forums coming up this next week:
Sunday, June 23rd, the South Lake Union Mayoral Forum at 2 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Pontinus and Thomas (moderated by C.R. Douglas - I'm a big fan of his).
Wednesday, June 26th, the City Neighborhood Council Forum from 6-8 pm at City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
The NW Film Forum asked the candidates about their favorite films about politics and political philosophy and is running some of them in a festival from July 5-8.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Mike McGinn - a great film and a good one for older students (probably 5th grade and up).
All the President's Men - Kate Martin - also a great film about uncovering the Watergate scandal
Papillon - Bruce Harrell - a good film (and interesting choice)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley - Ed Murray - I haven't seen this one but it was directed by Ken Loach, a great director and is about the struggle for Irish independence.
Buddy, The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor - Peter Steinbrueck - a documentary of the mayor of Providence
Me? I like the choice of To Kill a Mockingbird but I also liked The Candidate (from 1972 with Robert Redford) and Election (a high school election but with all the political machinations you might find in any big scale one).