Self-funded Zieve boasts biggest war chest

Other city candidates raising money, receiving financial endorsements
By Nicholas Johnson | Jul 05, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Campaign signs line the Boeing Freeway near the intersection with 84th Street Southwest.

UPDATE (8 p.m. July 5): An earlier version of this story misstated the source of Pos. 3 candidate Sarah Kneller's biggest campaign contributions. Those donations came through nonpartisan crowdfunding websites.


With less than a month until the primary election, City Council candidate Peter Zieve is sitting on a war chest more than twice the size of all other city candidates’ combined, including both candidates for mayor.

According to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, which publishes candidate financial information online at, Zieve is singlehandedly financing his bid to unseat City Council President Bob Champion with $50,000 of his own money, and he expects it’ll last through the Nov. 7 general election.

Zieve’s war chest is 10 times the size of Champion’s, which is made up of a single, $5,000 loan.

So what’s he spending it on? So far, he’s spent $1,970.32 on yard signs and supplies, but his biggest investment has yet to debut.

Zieve has spent $6,999 to reserve a billboard along Mukilteo Speedway near The Sports Connection and the Historic Flight Foundation, the same one former council candidate Terry Preshaw used in her race against council member Ted Wheeler in 2013.

He said he hasn’t decided exactly what he’ll put on the billboard, but whatever it is will appear Aug. 20.

“If I didn’t lease it, somebody else would have, and then I wouldn’t be able to use it,” he said.

For his part, Champion has yet to report any campaign expenses. Neither has candidate Tina Over, who is also vying to unseat Champion, but that’s because she’s indicated she doesn’t plan to spend more than $5,000 or accept more $500 from any single contributor.

Several other candidates for City Council are in the same boat, including Position 1 candidate Riaz Khan and Position 3 candidate Troy Gray.

Speaking of Position 3, candidate Maxwell Chen appears to be a no-show, at least so far. Chen hasn’t registered with the PDC and hasn’t responded to the Beacon’s multiple attempts to contact him since filing week in May.

Meanwhile, Position 3 candidate Sarah Kneller has raised $3,740.47, with some $3,550.47 of that coming in the form of cash contributions. She has received $40 from Randy Lord, the council member she hopes to replace, but her biggest contributions have come from donations made through nonpartisan crowdfunding websites Crowdpac and Democracy Engine.

Fellow Position 3 candidate Tony Markey has raised $1,355, with $330 of that coming the form of cash contributions, including a $100 donation from Mayor Jennifer Gregerson. He’s also using a $500 loan as well as $500 of his own money.

In the race to replace Wheeler in Position 1, Anna Rohrbough has raised $4,555, with $2,380 of that in cash contributions. Her financial supporters include Wheeler, Markey and council member Scott Whelpley.

Fellow Position 1 candidate James Yoo has yet to report any campaign finances to the PDC.

In the mayoral race, which won’t appear on the Aug. 1 primary ballot, incumbent Gregerson has raised $7,912.05, with $5,497 of that in cash contributions. She’s also using a $772.05 loan and $708 of her own money.

Gregerson’s financial supporters include Markey, Rohrbough and council member Richard Emery. Her largest single contribution – $1,000 – came from the Mukilteo fire fighters union, IAFF Local 3482.

Mayoral candidate Dan Matthews, Gregerson’s lone challenger, has raised $1,660, with $660 of that in cash contributions. He’s also using a $1,000 loan.

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