Tacoma Urbanist

Nov. 7, 2008 at 12:14am

Frost Park Sponsors McIntire, Farrell to Win Election


The final ballots have not been counted yet.  However, it appears both of the Frost Park political sponsors will prevail in this election season.  Mere coincidence?

Jim McIntire

Jim McIntire, Washington's Next State Treasurer sponsor of Frost Park Chalk Off Episode X.

(Prefers Republican Party)

973,420 48.39 %
(Prefers Democratic Party)

1,038,315 51.61 %

Tim Farrell

Tim Farrell, sponsor of Episode XXII.

County Council - District No. 4


I - Ken Paulson



D - Timothy M. Farrell



Commentary: How much did the Frost Park Chalk Off exposure help the candidates?  Hard to tell.  However, McIntire is leading by just over three percent and could use every vote he can get and was relatively unknown in Tacoma.

Plus, the Frost Park sponsorship not only provided significant visibility in the Tacoma blogosphere but was picked up by the Tribune:

Posted by Jason Hagey @ 11:06:00 am

OK, maybe a state Treasurer candidate doesn't ring door bells (that's better left to city and county candidates). And the whole baby-kissing thing probably is best reserved for presidential politics.

But state Rep. Jim McIntire, the Seattle Democrat running for state Treasurer, really is putting up the dough to sponsor this week's Frost Park Chalk Off.

The Chalk Off, in case you didn't know, is a weekly happening at downtown Tacoma's Frost Memorial Park, the little park at the corner of South Ninth and Pacific Avenue.

Artists use chalk to create temporary sidewalk art. Prizes are awarded. Photos and video end up on the Internet -- and in The News Tribune.

. . .


It's hard to get much for a "down-ballot" race like Treasurer, he said.

And apparently the Chalk Off is becoming the place for politicians to see and be seen -- Pierce County Councilman Tim Farrell and Metro Parks Tacoma Commissioner Ryan Mello have reportedly made appearances.

Given the upcoming Tacoma city council and mayor race in 2009, it will be interesting to see what other candidates utilize the creative vortex of Frost Park.

comments [3]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 11/7/2008 @ 12:30am


by morgan on 11/7/2008 @ 10:22am
Coincidence? I don't think so!

by Erik on 11/7/2008 @ 11:33am
Coincidence? I don't think so!

The best advertising money spent IMO.