"Bellevue’s actively engaged citizenry shapes the city’s future."
This statement from the City of Bellevue's Comprehensive Plan vision is again under attack this election season. Only 531 of approximately 140,000 residents are supporting Council Candidates monetarily. Even though there are many to be engaged, this is a very low percentage.
The state regulates campaign contributions, and candidates must report all contributions. However, there is no requirement that funding must come from the people of Bellevue.
Bellevue clearly does not self-fund the City Council Candidates' campaigns. Will residents of Bellevue take hold of the campaign reins after the primary?
Are campaign fund attributes or people contributing to campaigns a predictor of the primary election?
Bellevue Residents are Less than Half of the Campaign
The largest segment of contributors to Bellevue City Council Candidates campaigns is the home team: individual Bellevue residents, workers, and businesses: