Exhausted from a tough election fight, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said today that he won’t seek office again. Although he just won re-election against Kshama Sawant, a socialist and economics professor at Seattle Central Community College, the passage Tuesday of a city charter amendment to elect council members by district means Conlin would have to to run again in two years to keep his seat.
“I don’t want to put myself or my family through that again,” said Conlin, 65. The Madrona resident said he had hoped for four more years to finish up some work, but now will have to do that work in two years. Conlin lost ground slightly to Sawant in second-day returns, but still led 53 to 47 percent.
Sawant, a Capitol Hill resident who under the new council election boundaries would be in the same district as Conlin, last night tweeted her expectation that if they met again in two years, Conlin would lose.