Richard McIver is completing his fifth year of service on the City Council. He was first appointed in 1997, selected to fill a vacancy from among 117 applicants. He was elected to a full four year term later that year and is now seeking reelection for a second full term.
A fifth generation Seattleite, McIver brought over 30 years of experience in housing, community, and neighborhood development to the Council, an invaluable combination of knowledge. As the only person of color on the Council, McIver also provides important ethnic diversity and a perspective otherwise missing.
Councilman McIver serves as Chair of the City Council's Transportation Committee, a position from which he has successfully pushed for a doubling of the city's spending for basic street maintenance. As the Council's leader on
transportation issues, he has served on the Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Transportation Financing, the panel exploring replacement of the 520 bridge, Regional Transit Committee, Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board (where he is chair), and the Sound Transit Executive Board.
McIver has a proven record as an effective, committed, and passionate leader. His priorities include transportation, housing, and economic development. Among his accomplishments are:
·Successfully locating funds to erect center road barriers on the Spokane Street Viaduct, effectively ending head-on accidents that had injured and killed many.
·Championed legislation to create the Office of Professional Accountability, with an independent citizen's review panel to investigate citizen complaints about police conduct -- an impartial panel fair to all parties.
·Successfully spearheaded efforts in 2000 to hold down unnecessary property tax increases
·Opposed sale of city-owned Key Tower
·Supported Seattle Housing Authority redevelopment of Holly Park with guaranteed replacement low income housing
·Arranged Convention Center expansion street vacation mitigation for First Hill/Capitol Hill neighborhood
·Led successful effort to permit individuals to leave their cars parked for 72 hours, up from the previous 24 hour limit
·Responsible for the creation of the Central Area Equity Fund, directing some $3 million of already available funds into Central Area community-based housing and economic development projects
·Supported documentation of racial profiling, with a goal of equal policing in all neighborhoods
·Continues to speak out for fiscal responsibility, for setting priorities, and acknowledging that all worthy projects cannot be afforded
Councilman McIver lives in the Lakewood/Seward Park neighborhood with his wife of 27 years, Marlaina Kiner.