Former council member Peter Steinbrueck, after dodging questions about whether he'll run for mayor for more than a year, appears to be actually considering a bid.
"Usually I say no," Steinbrueck says referring to questions about his mayoral intentions. "But I'm concerned about the future and vision for the city."
Though Steinbrueck says he's still "disinclined" to run, he notes that he's keeping a close eye on how Nickels handles issues facing the city like the Viaduct, Homelessness, and Incentive Zoning and development South Lake Union.
"To the extent that the city is going well, I won't get in. But I don't think it is, so I could rethink my options," he says.
Steinbrueck's view on the race has no doubt been helped by a recent poll that shows him besting Mayor Greg Nickels 39 to 26 percent (with the rest undecided). He says he's glad Urban Visions' developer Greg Smith is considering a bid. "It's time [the 2009 race] got kick started. This is not a time to coast."