Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Oct 2006, 8:38 a.m.

The Intriguing Darcy Burner

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Alexandra Starr's NYT article today called to my attention the race for the House seat in Washington's Eighth District. Darcy Burner is the Democratic challenger.

Some interesting facts about Burner:

  1. She was adopted.
  2. As she wrote, "I expect I may be the first member of Congress to have written code for Unix C and C++ compilers and interpreters."
  3. She used to be a product manager at Microsoft.
  4. She bought and installed her campaign's PBX system.
  5. She plays drums, piano, guitar, and bass.
  6. She has at least a decent grasp of positioning.

    But in order to tell that story, we have to choose. We cannot tell the story of every possible use of a fork. We cannot talk about all of the cool features of the fork ("See how the stainless steel gleams in the light!") in the absence of their direct applicability to something people might do with the fork.

As far as I can tell, even Maria "RealNetworks" Cantwell isn't as techie a politician as Burner is. I'll be keeping an eye on Darcy Burner.