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Choose an Effective City Council (CHECC) Records, 1967-1976

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Choose an Effective City Council (Organization : Seattle, Wash.)
Title
Choose an Effective City Council (CHECC) Records
Dates
1967-1976 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.48 cubic feet (4 boxes)
2 vertical files
Collection Number
4326
Summary
An organization that worked to achieve Seattle city government reform through candidate endorsements and watchdog activities, primarily in the early 1970s.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

CHECC—Choose an Effective City Council—was formed on Apr. 24, 1967, by a bi-partisan group of young professionals seeking to reform Seattle city government. Members of CHECC's core group were young lawyers, many of whom had worked together on an earlier effort to reform Washington's "blue" laws. Lem Howell, Thomas Alberg, Christopher Bayley, Bruce Chapman, and Peter LeSourd were among CHECC's founding members who would go on to become leading figures in Seattle's civic and political establishment.

Characterized by one political observer as a "movement," CHECC took advantage of a growing sentiment that Seattle's City Council, comprised of old-guard politicians whose average age was 68, was not up to the task of solving the problems facing a modern, rapidly-growing urban area. It sought out and endorsed young, progressive activists to run for city council seats. CHECC-endorsed candidates benefited its members' campaign organizational talents, financial resources, and youthful energy. The two CHECC-endorsed candidates, Tim Hill and Phyllis Lamphere, won seats to the city council that fall.

After its success in the 1967 municipal elections, CHECC's members voted to remain in business and formalize their association. It held political seminars and testified on council-related matters. The organization, however, nearly died after the 1969 municipal elections, in which two of three CHECC-endorsed city council candidates were defeated. Many young Republican members pulled out of the organization and membership dropped to about ten.

In 1970, CHECC was reborn under the leadership of another young lawyer, John Hempelmann. CHECC sought to play a greater role in political and government reform matters beyond the campaign season. In the wake of questionable campaign contributions to two city council members, it called for the establishment of an ethics committee. It also supported reform of the city's licensing procedures. CHECC continued to endorse candidates, including a slate of candidates for the Freeholder Board elections in 1974. Increasingly, CHECC members themselves began to seek public office.

By 1977, there was growing sentiment that CHECC on Seattle City Government, as the group was now called, had outlived its original purposes. They had succeeded in changing the face of the Seattle City Council. Moreover, its membership had changed. The young lawyers with their focus on downtown politics were gone. In their place were neighborhood activists with little money to pump into campaign activities. A motion to disband, however, failed to pass, leading to the resignation of the chairman, vice-chairman, and treasurer. The new leadership recast CHECC's role as a "relay center of documented research on vital issues." CHECC continued to exist into the 1980s, although it never regained the prestige or influence of its early days.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Notes, clippings, correspondence and other documents relating to government corruption and disclosure of campaign contributions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Accession No. 4326-001: Choose an Effective City Council (CHECC) Records, 1967-1976Return to Top

3.42 cubic feet (4 boxes)

Scope and Content: The records contain minutes, correspondence, campaign expense reports, resumes, financial records, reports, candidate questionnaires, committee files, ballots, membership records, and clippings.

The collection documents CHECC's efforts to achieve government reform through its candidate endorsements and watchdog activities. The records are particularly relevant to the study of Seattle civic and political life in the early 1970s. Materials related to issues in which CHECC involved itself during that period, including campaign finance and licensing reform, are located primarily in the Subject Series and CHECC Committees Subgroups. The collection also contains materials related to the effort to revise Seattle's city charter. Activities from CHECC's earliest years, when it was less formally organized, are not well documented.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Pat Solon in 1991.

Processing Info: The records were processed in 1999.

Separated Material: Issues of CHECC's newletter, CHECC Out, were transferred to the serials collection in the division.

Container(s) Description Dates
Organizational Records
Box/Folder
1/1 4326-001
Articles of Association
1971-1972
General Correspondence
Box/Folder
1/2-6 4326-001
Miscellaneous
1969-1975
1/7 4326-001
Re: Campaign '71
1971
1/8-9 4326-001
Seattle City Council
1971-1974
1/10 4326-001
Seattle Community Development Department
1973
1/11 4326-001
Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman
1970-1974
Minutes
Box/Folder
1/12 4326-001
Endorsement Meetings
1971
1/13 4326-001
Executive Board
1970-1973
1/14 4326-001
Membership Meetings
1970-1974
Box/Folder
1/15 4326-001
Ballots
1971-1974, n.d.
Campaign Expense Reports
Box/Folder
1/16-19 4326-001
Miscellaneous
1967-1971
1/20 4326-001
Chapman, Bruce K.
1971
1/21 4326-001
CHECC
1967-1972
1/22 4326-001
Chesterfield, Bob
1971
1/23 4326-001
Gordon, William
1971
1/24 4326-001
Hill, Timothy H.
1971
1/25 4326-001
Kimbrough, Jim
1971
1/26 4326-001
Lamphere, Phyllis
1971
1/27 4326-001
McCrackin, Jodie
1971
1/28 4326-001
Miller, John
1971
1/29 4326-001
Rochester, Junius
1971
1/30 4326-001
Seefeld, Bill
1971
1/31 4326-001
Smith, Sam
1971
Reports
Box/Folder
1/32 4326-001
Miscellaneous
1974, n.d.
1/33 4326-001
CHECC Public Disclosure Commission C-4 Filling Form
1975-1976
Conferences and Conventions
Box/Folder
2/1 4326-001
CHECC "Give a Damn" Conference
1970
Box/Folder
2/2 4326-001
Financial Records
1971, 1975
2/3 4326-001
Membership
1970-1974, n.d.
2/4 4326-001
Membership Data
1974
2/5 4326-001
[number not used]
2/6 4326-001
News Releases
1971-1974
Notes
Box/Folder
2/7 4326-001
Miscellaneous
1971, n.d.
2/8 4326-001
Bradburn, Pamela
1974
Box/Folder
2/9 4326-001
Ordinances
1971, 1975, n.d.
2/10 4326-001
Position Papers
1970-1972
Questionnaires
Box/Folder
2/11 4326-001
Candidate Evaluation
1971
Box/Folder
2/12 4326-001
Speeches and Writings
1971-1974
2/13 4326-001
Statements
1971, 1974
Subject Series
Box/Folder
2/14-16 4326-001
Campaign Expense Reporting Act
1969-1970
2/17 4326-001
Campaign '71 Fair Campaign Practices Pledge
1971
2/18 4326-001
Campaign Finance Disclosure
1970-1971
2/19 4326-001
Charter Review
1971
2/20 4326-001
CHECC Campaign '71 Fund
1971
2/21 4326-001
Coalition for Open Government
1971
2/22 4326-001
Committee and Taskforce Membership Rosters
n.d.
2/23 4326-001
Corr, Eugene
1971
2/24 4326-001
Fair Campaign Practices
1970-1971
2/25 4326-001
Fort Lawton Park
1970
2/26 4326-001
King County Multi-Purpose Stadium
1972
2/27 4326-001
Kleig Lite Kapers (Party)
1971
2/28 4326-001
Lawton Neighborhood Council Meeting
1968-1970
2/29 4326-001
Municipal Court Reform
1972
2/30 4326-001
Ordinance / Fair Campaign Practices
1973, n.d.
3/1 4326-001
Pike Place Market
1971
3/2 4326-001
Revenue Sharing
1973
3/3 4326-001
Seattle 2000 Commission
1972-1973
3/4 4326-001
Seattle Center
1971
Seattle City Council
Box/Folder
3/5 4326-001
Ethics Code
1971
3/6-7 4326-001
News Releases
1971-1974
3/8 4326-001
Reports: Housing Rehabilitation
1974
3/9-10 4326-001
Communications
1972-1973
Box/Folder
3/11 4326-001
Seattle City Government
1971-1972
3/12 4326-001
Seattle City Light
1972-1973
3/13 4326-001
Sign Control Ordinance
1973
3/14 4326-001
Special Review Districts
1973
3/15 4326-001
West Seattle Freeway
1973-1974
3/16 4326-001
Woodland Park Zoo
1971
3/17 4326-001
VIP Volunteers
1974
Box/Folder
3/18 4326-001
Miscellany
1971, 1975, n.d.
Invitations
Box/Folder
3/19 4326-001
Mayor Neil Goldschmidt to speak
1974
Clippings
Box/Folder
3/20 4326-001
Miscellaneous
1970-1974
3/21 4326-001
Campaign Finance Reform
1970-1971
3/22 4326-001
Charter Amendment no. 7
1971
Box/Folder
3/23 4326-001
Ephemera
n.d.
Box/Folder
3/24 4326-001
CHECC Campaign Practices Task Force
1970-1971
3/25 4326-001
CHECC Candidate Evaluation Committee
1971, n.d.
CHECC Consumer Protection and Licensing Task Force
Box/Folder
3/26 4326-001
General Correspondence
1971-1972
3/27 4326-001
Minutes
1970-1971
3/28 4326-001
Court Paper: Crime of Conspiracy Against Governmental Entities
n.d.
3/29 4326-001
Lists
1971-1972, n.d.
3/30 4326-001
Notes: Information Sheet on Consumer Affairs
n.d.
3/31-32 4326-001
Ordinances
1972
3/33-34 4326-001
Reports
1970-71
4/1 4326-001
Speeches and Writings
1971, n.d.
4/2 4326-001
Clippings
1970-1972
4/3 4326-001
Subject Series: Ehlert Proposals
1970
Box/Folder
4/4 4326-001
CHECC Freeholders Ad Hoc Committee
1974, n.d.
4/5 4326-001
CHECC Governmental Organization Task Force
1971
4/6 4326-001
CHECC Urban Design and City Planning Committee
1972-1973
Citizen's Charter Review Committee (Seattle)
Box/Folder
4/7 4326-001
General Correspondence
1970-1971
4/8 4326-001
Ballots
1971
4/9 4326-001
Speeches and Writings
1970-1971
4/10 4326-001
Clippings
1971
4/11 4326-001
Subject Series: Charter Reform of Finance Department
1970-1971
Seattle Freeholders Board
Box/Folder
4/12 4326-001
General Correspondence
1973-1974
4/13 4326-001
Minutes
1974
4/14 4326-001
Lists
1974, n.d.
4/15 4326-001
Memoranda
1973-1974
4/16 4326-001
Candidate Questionnaires
1974
4/17 4326-001
Speeches and Writings
1974, n.d.

Accession No. 4362-002: Choose an Effective City Council (CHECC) records, 1970-1971Return to Top

0.06 cubic feet (2 vertical files)
Arrangement: Arranged by type of material

Scope and Content: Two file folders of notes, clippings, correspondence and other documents relating to government corruption and disclosure of campaign contributions.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Donor: Roger Leeds, December 2013.

Processing Info: Processed by A. Demeter, January 2014.

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder
1 4362-002
Government corruption - Correspondence
1970-1971
2 4362-002
Government corruption - Notes
1970-1971