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January 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will run for district seat

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will seek the council’s 6th District seat in this year’s elections, he said Monday.

O’Brien, in office since 2010, considered pursuing one of the council’s two citywide positions. But that would have likely meant campaigning against either Council President Tim Burgess or Councilmember Sally Clark.

Councilmember Nick Licata made O’Brien’s decision easier last week when he announced he would not run again. Licata, like O’Brien, lives in the 6th District, and the two didn’t want to campaign against each other.

The 6th District includes the Fremont neighborhood, where O’Brien lives, along with Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Loyal Heights and part of Greenwood.

“I’ve lived in this district for 20 years and I love the neighborhoods here,” O’Brien said. “But I held off making a decision until Nick was clear on what he wanted to do.”

No one else is running in the 6th District thus far. Voters in the district are worried about rapid growth and crowded roads in Ballard, O’Brien said.

They’re also concerned about oil and coal trains chugging past the district’s waterfront parks, he said.

Running in a district will mean less fundraising and more grassroots organizing, O’Brien said.

The council is moving to geographic representation for seven of its nine seats and all nine are up for election this year.

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