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John Roderick running for Seattle City Council

John Roderick


“A nascent, urbanist supercity is right behind the gauze and we just need to pull the curtain back.”

That was one of the many things Western State Hurricanes/Long Winters frontman John Roderick told me about Seattle over a three-hour discussion yesterday, during which he confirmed the rumors. Roderick is indeed launching a campaign this week for city council position 8, the citywide seat where current council president Tim Burgess is also facing challenges from former Tenants Union director Jon Grant; longshoreman John Persak; activist, performer, and psychic David Trotter; and fringe council gadfly Alex Tsimerman.

Along with his music career, Roderick, who’s 46 and owns a house in Rainer Beach, is the son of a former state legislator, co-host of the podcast “Roderick on the Line,” and a current member of the city’s Music Commission. He’s been open about his past substance abuse and is somewhat of an amateur local historian. [The Stranger]

Listen to the Long Winters perform “Stupid”, as part of Barsuk Records’ recent 15th anniversary, below…


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