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Richard Conlin is running for re-election.
Richard Conlin - who has been on the Seattle City Council since he was first elected way back in


Running for Re-election, Richard Conlin Talks About His Goals and His Arena Vote

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Richard Conlin is running for re-election.
Richard Conlin - who has been on the Seattle City Council since he was first elected way back in 1997 - is running for re-election. The official announcement came Wednesday, likely accompanied by more than a few yawns.

But what Conlin may lack in excitement factor and sex appeal he makes up for in ... well ... OK, so maybe those are deficits that are hard to dig out of. But, over the years Conlin has been a diligent, progressive public servant, and he believes the voters of Seattle will once again recognize him as such.

"You always have to ask voters and not take them for granted," says Conlin when asked about his reelection prospects. "But my perception is that people generally view me favorably, knowing that even if they disagree with me that I will listen and try to find ways to solve problems. In my last election I received more votes than any candidate for City office in the history of Seattle, which is a good place to start from in a new campaign."

According to the official press release Conlin sent out announcing his bid for a fifth term on the City Council, the politician lists priorities like bettering and maintain Seattle's parks, completing light rail lines and connecting Seattle's neighborhoods, ending hunger and growing the local food movement, supporting industrial jobs and encouraging new economic activity, and continuing to aid survivors of domestic violence. (There's no mention of pygmy goats, but that's just because Conlin has already won that battle!)

Conlin expands on his goals if awarded a fifth term: "Create the mix of transit options and great communities that will support growth management, reduce our carbon impact, and provide jobs and housing for our future," he says when asked about his top priorities. "Take the work on local food policy to the next level, where it impacts the majority of Seattle. Keep our parks and libraries open and accessible. Ensure that all of us are treated with dignity and receive the health and social services that we need."

It's a librtsl to-do list, comprised of goals many Seattleites will no doubt get behind once again. Coupled with the fact there's a good chance Conlin won't meet solid opposition (see: David Ginsberg), and the long-tenured councilman seems like a shoo-in for yet another term.

That said, there is the whole arena deal.

Back in June, Conlin sent an email that predicted Chris Hansen's arena deal would ultimately meet its demise at the hands of the City Council. That obviously didn't happen, but he and Nick Licata were the only two council members to vote against the arena MOU when it was time to cast their votes in stone. It was a move that drew the ire of many Seattle-area basketball fans, and something that ultimately could make Conlin's sell a little tougher this time around among the demographic.

What does Conlin anticipate?

"I doubt that this will be a major issue-- the Council took its vote, and I don't anticipate that being reversed," says Conlin of his arena deal skepticism. "I received a lot of positive feedback for my vote, and I think it was a popular position. Since the arena supporters won, it is probably not much of an issue."

In the end, that sounds about right.

Even if it's not the most exciting news of the day.

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