Al Rutledge, now living in Everett, still on the ballot

By Brian Soergel | Sep 13, 2019
Photo by: Brian Soergel Al Rutledge, pictured outside McDonald’s on Edmonds Way in December 2017.

There’s a good reason Al Rutledge didn’t attend a candidate meet-and-greet Sept. 8 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

He doesn’t do email or the internet, and he doesn’t even live in Edmonds anymore.

Rutledge, a perennial candidate who has never won a political race, sold his home on Lake Ballinger last month in Edmonds and purchased a mobile home in Everett.

Rutledge, before he sold his home, filed to run for Edmonds School District Board of Directors, Position 1, on May 17. At the time, he lived in Edmonds and provided a post office box as his address. Those running for the school board must live within district limits.

Everett is not in the district, but according to the district, Rutledge’s name can remain on the ballot as he registered while in Edmonds.

Contacted Friday, Rutledge said he has no intention of withdrawing. He is facing incumbent Carin Chase in the November general election.

“If I win, I will move to Edmonds,” said Rutedge, 79. “I’m not doing it for the money. It pays $85 a week. And it would cost $2,000 a month for me to live in Edmonds.”

Rutledge admitted he didn’t think he would win the upcoming election, and is not spending any money to win.

“No one should run unopposed,” he said in a feature story in the Beacon in December 2017. “People say they are going to run for election. But when it comes to file, they run off. They’re all good people I run against. I just run against people no else wants to.”


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