Seems our erstwhile ex-mayor wants back in the game. Having spent the past couple of years on a Harvard fellowship and as public delegate to the United Nation -- and even advisor to mayors in the Ukraine -- Greg Nickel is pondering a run for Secretary of State.
"I've enjoyed all those experiences," Nickels tells the Seattle Times. "But I come back to the fact that public service has been really my life. I've always been a local person. This is the place I love."
Nickels, who narrowly lost his bid for a third term as Seattle mayor, adds that the Secretary of State job was not anything he gave much thought to, but that Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz called him over the holidays "and suggested I throw my hat in the ring."
"I'm not necessarily saying it's a sure bet, but it is interesting," says Nickels.
If he decides to pursue the post, Nickels well understands that he'll be running against historical winds. First, the state hasn't elected a Democrat to that job since 1960, and second, no Seattle mayor has gone on to a higher office since Republican Arthur Langlie was elected governor in 1940.
Current Secretary of State, Sam Reed, is retiring. Those considering a run include Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman, a Republican, and Democratic state lawmakers Zach Hudgins and James Kastama, along with former Democratic state senator Kathleen Drew.
Nickels says he'll probably decide by the end of the month.