Seattle City Council member Sally Clark’s retirement is coming early and the city’s legislative branch is beginning a search for her short-term replacement. There’s only one catch.
“Given the Council’s work and the unprecedented character of this fall’s election, I believe we should appoint an experienced ‘caretaker’ who pledges not to seek election to the Council this year,” Council president Tim Burgess said Thursday in a statement.
CHS reported earlier on the flood of City Hall newbies throwing hats in the ring for the city’s first ever district-based City Council election.
With the opportunity to lead on appointing Clark’s short-term replacement, Burgess’s call for a pledge not to run eliminates his opponents for the at-large City Council Position 9 seat. Sorry tenant champion Jon Grant. You, too, City Council chambers troll Alex Tsimerman.
As for Clark, she’s off to a job at the University of Washington where she’ll be director of regional and community relations. Clark, some might recall, was appointed to the Council back in 2006. In 2007, she ran for the seat and, of course, won.