Council President Richard Conlin
Statement from Council President Richard Conlin regarding Mayor Nickels’
As President of the Seattle City Council, I want to acknowledge Mayor Nickels’ concession announcement this morning and thank him for his years of service to the city of Seattle. Mayor Nickels has dedicated his life to public service, and has worked hard to make Seattle a better place.
Mayor Nickels has a long list of accomplishments that he can be proud of. His leadership has resulted in the opening of our first light rail line and the commitment to the next phase of light rail expansion. His administration has led to more bike trails, better sidewalks, safer communities, a greener city that is nationally recognized, and progress on creating a great urban waterfront and a transportation system that works for the whole region. We all deeply respect the Mayor’s passion for Seattle and the energy and commitment that he has demonstrated.
This is a challenging time for Seattle, but Mayor Nickels will leave Seattle in a strong financial condition and with a budget that reflects his priorities - and the priorities of the people of Seattle - a commitment to public safety and human services. With the formal budget process soon to begin, we will work with the mayor to ensure that this final budget of his second term keeps us on the road to economic recovery. The Council will also ensure that Seattle’s next mayor can be confident that he will find a city government that continues to work hard and effectively to make our community better, even as we prepare for the changes that a new Administration will inevitably bring.
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