Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced Friday that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term. Rasmussen, who was elected in 2003, is the second incumbent this week to announce that he would step down at the end of the year. Councilmember Nick Licata also said he wouldn’t seek another term.
Rasmussen, 68, said he wanted to focus on issues for the remaining 11 months and not be distracted by a campaign. With the city shifting to elections by geographic district, all nine members are up for election. Rasmussen, who lives in the Alki neighborhood of West Seattle, was already facing three challengers.
Rasmussen heads the council’s Transportation Committee and has been a strong advocate for improved bus service. He said he will work in the coming months to ensure that the expanded Metro service approved by voters delivers on its promise to reduce crowding and provide more frequent and reliable service.
He also said he plans to work with Mayor Ed Murray to craft a new Bridging the Gap roads levy that would likely go on the ballot in November.
“I love my job. I love the people I work with, but I want to start a new chapter with a more balanced life,” Rasmussen said.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Rasmussen was in his second term. He is serving this third. It also incorrectly said Rasmussen was the council’s first openly gay member.