By Martin Barrett.
Alex Andrade is clearly the hometown favorite. Of the $23,572 in total contributions as of October 19th, $15,981 comes from Burien residents—an impressive 68%.
In contrast, Krystal Marx, who lost her seat on the Burien City Council in the 2021 elections, has only 26% of her contributions from verified Burien residents. Of Marx’s $25,085 in total receipts, $6,633 comes from a Burien address. Marx also has $5,072 in untrackable donations and $6479 from verified non-Burien donors.
Each enjoys a modest amount of PAC and Association funds, Andrade with $2,598 and Marx with $2,839. Both candidates received $500 from the Washington State Democratic Central Committee. Marx received an additional $750 from the 34th District Democrats.
The most significant gap is in Union funding. Andrade has no union money. On the other hand, Marx has $4,600 in union donations from several, including SEIU, who is also backing their Human Resources manager Patricia Hudson in her race for a Burien City Council seat.
Evidently, SEIU has an agenda for Burien. With two potential city council members, their sway in Burien would be substantial. Perhaps both Marx and Hudson will articulate why SEIU is spending so much to garner influence.
Unions backing Marx are:
• Office & Professional Employees Intl Union Local No 8 PAC / OPEIU Local 8 PAC Fund
• Teamsters Local 117 Working Families PAC
• MLK Jr County Labor Council COPE
• Service Employees Intl Union 775 Quality Care Comm / SEIU 775SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW PAC
• UFCW 300 PAC
• Amalgamated Transit Union – Cope Special Holdings Acct