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January 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Neighborhood activist planning Seattle City Council run against Clark

Bill Bradburd, a neighborhood activist and property owner, plans to challenge Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark this year for one of the council’s two citywide seats, he said Monday. Bradburd lives in the Central District, he said. He chairs the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition. The 57-year-old has spoken out at City Hall against  certain high-density real estate…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: Bill Bradburd, Brighton, Central District

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…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Ballard, coal trains

January 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Bill would allow Seattle mayor to tap two school board members

A state lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would give the mayor of Seattle the power to appoint two members of the Seattle School Board. The bill will likely prove controversial. Under current law, the board has seven members, each elected to represent a different geographic region within Seattle. The legislation introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, would allow a school board…

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Comments | More in Local government, State government, State Legislature | Topics: education, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle School Board

January 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Nick Licata won’t seek Seattle City Council re-election in 2015

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, an ardent progressive who led the council’s ultra-liberal wing for many years, is bowing out. In office since 1998, Licata won’t seek re-election this year, he announced Wednesday at City Hall, saying he wants to continue to work against inequality not only in Seattle but in other cities. “I’ve been lucky to have…

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Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, mike o'Brien, Nick Licata

January 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Sawant gets second opponent in Seattle City Council race

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has picked up a second opponent in her 2015 campaign to represent the council’s super-liberal 3rd District. Morgan Beach, who works for the American Red Cross, volunteers with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and serves on the Seattle Women’s Commission, said Sawant’s bark is more impressive than her bite. “She’s been…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Equal Rights Washington, Morgan Beach

January 7, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Rasmussen says Seattle fears over Bertha tunnel are premature

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the council’s transportation committee and was a key supporter of the plan to dig an Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel under downtown, was out of town on vacation when The Seattle Times recently sought his perspective on the current state of the project. With the world’s largest tunnel…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Highway 99 tunnel, Tom Rasmussen

January 6, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Burgess, Sawant get new Seattle City Council opponents

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess and Councilmember Kshama Sawant, both seeking reelection this year, are each beginning 2015 with new opponents: John Persak and Rod Hearne. Persak, a waterfront worker active in Local 19 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the same citywide seat that Burgess has registered to run for. The 44-year-old candidate serves…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Equal Rights Washington, ILWU Local 19

December 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Seattle mayor to appear on Wednesday’s “CBS Evening News”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is due to appear Wednesday on the national TV program “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley“ to discuss race relations in America. Pelley taped a segment Tuesday with Murray and the mayors of Miami-Dade, Fla., Gary, Ind. and East Orange, N.J., says Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The segment will air Wednesday at 6:30…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, race relations, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

December 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Former Seattle City Council aide weighing 4th District bid

He recently left his job as aide to Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, his resume is packed with government work and he shares his views via a self-published Northeast Seattle newsletter called 4 to Explore. But Alex Pedersen hasn’t registered a campaign for Northeast Seattle’s new 4th District seat as the council moves to geographic…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 4th Seattle City Council District, Michael Maddux

December 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Sons of former mayor, restaurant owner each launch Seattle City Council bids

Norm Rice was mayor of Seattle, officially. George Lagos was mayor of The Ave, unofficially. Now Rice, mayor from 1990 to 1998, and Lagos, who ran the beloved Continental Greek Restaurant on University Way with his wife from 1974 to 2013, each have a son running for Seattle City Council. Mian Rice has registered a…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, George Lagos, Licton Springs

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