Nov. 7, 2008 at 12:14am
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?
(Prefers Republican Party)
(Prefers Democratic Party)
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.
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.
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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.
A ongoing conversation to make Tacoma a better to live and work through better urban design.
See my downtown Tacoma and neighborhood pictures of coffee, food, people, art, urban blight and Frost Park Chalk Off events.
Watch Mayor Marilyn Strickland deliver Tacoma's first State of the City Address.