Add to the list of people running for Seattle mayor the name Omari Tahir-Garrett, who served 21 months in prison for whacking former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell in the face with a megaphone in 2001. A jury convicted him of assault with a deadly weapon, though Tahir-Garrett maintains it was his fist, not his megaphone, that hit the former mayor in the face.
Tahir-Garrett, a longtime activist, was a candidate for mayor during the 2001 incident. In 2009, his son, Wyking Garrett, ran for mayor and lost in the primary.
Wyking Garrett said he’s still considering a run this year, as well. Tahir-Garrett said he expects that both father and son will join the race.
“We were the first father-son team to run against (former Mayor Greg) Nickels,” Tahir-Garrett said. “You gotta keep the dog and pony show going.”