Seattle City Council Members
The City Council is the legislative authority for the City and makes all of its laws, subject to the initiative and referendum powers of the people as established by City Charter. In addition, the City Council has the authority to amend and approve the City's budget. Any candidate for City Council must be a citizen of the United States, a qualified elector of the State of Washington, and a registered voter of the City of Seattle at the time of filing his/her declaration of candidacy.
Seattle was first incorporated as a town by an act of the Territorial Legislature on January 14, 1865. The act was repealed January 18, 1867, after most of the town's leading citizens petitioned for its dissolution. During its first tenure as an incorporated entity, Seattle was governed by a Board of Trustees. Seattle was again incorporated, this time as a City, on December 2, 1869.
Current City Council 2014-2015
Left to right: Tom Rasmussen, Sally Bagshaw, Jean Godden, Bruce Harrell, Kshama Sawant, Tim Burgess, Nick Licata, Mike O'Brien and John Okamoto
The Common Council under the First City Charter
The Ward System is Established
First Home Rule Charter and the Bicameral City Council
The 1896 Charter and Return to a Unicameral City Council
End of the Ward System and Start of Non-Partisan Elections
A New Charter and Creation of Four-Year Terms