Council President Richard Conlin is dipping his pinky toe into the 2009

Council President Richard Conlin is dipping his pinky toe into the 2009 race for mayor. He says a lot of people have been asking him to run– and that he’s thinking about it. “I’ve asked some of the people I trust to give me advice,” he says, adding that he’s put nothing formal in place. He plans to make a decision about whether to jump in by the fall. The only person currently signed up with Ethics and Elections to run against Mayor Greg Nickels is local activist David Wolbeck, who filed in June 2006 last spring, and has publicly criticized Nickels about transportation issues and schools. Former council member Peter Steinbrueck, though he says he’s not interested, has yet to completely close the door on a 2009 bid for mayor.Meanwhile, the two-term incumbent recently has been a man of action (or at least press conferences) about town. He’s filling potholes, fixing up Aurora Avenue, saving Pike Place Market, ditto the Farmers Markets, and just last week announced a plan to help rebuild fish habitat on the Duwamish River. Conlin may have teamed up with Nickels on a recent proposal to charge for plastic shopping bags and ban foam take-out containers, but the 10-year city council member has also tangled with the mayor at times. Last year, he managed (with the help of a vocal neighborhood contingent) to put the kibosh on Nickels’ hope for a trash transfer station in Georgetown.