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I will not seek re-election

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Today I announced that I will not seek re-election. I want to thank all the community people I’ve worked with for their support. I intend to be fully engaged for the rest of this year—there is much to be done.

My statement is below.

Councilmember Licata Will Not Seek Re-Election

SEATTLECouncilmember Nick Licata released the following statement regarding serving another term on the Seattle City Council:

“I’ve been lucky to have an exciting life filled with challenges taken on voluntarily, not out of hardship.

“Perhaps the greatest challenge we all face is the need to improve the lives of Americans who are seeing their future increasingly impeded by the outrageous growing concentration of wealth, and I would add power, in this nation.

“No one city can resolve this problem. But Seattle has done much in attempting to do so. I would like to play more of an active role in that effort. And see what I can do to have Seattle’s accomplishments duplicated elsewhere.

“I hope after my current term ends this year that I may have that opportunity in some capacity. So, I will not seek re-election.

“It’s a risky path to take.  But I know I could not pursue this effort while remaining on the City Council and still do justice to performing the duties of a Councilmember.

“We have been in the national forefront in passing paid sick leave, increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, beginning pre-school care program for all children, banning plastic bags, providing public space for homeless encampments, requiring police surveillance protocols, enforcing wage theft protections, protecting immigrant rights and requiring safer renters’ housing conditions.

“All were made possible through a partnership between elected representatives and the people we serve.

“From visiting cities across the country, I’ve seen that we all share common issues. I have been intrigued by the challenge of creating a national network of elected officials and community activists to share and spread progressive and responsive legislation to tackle them.

“However I’ll remain an active citizen, continuing to work with those – both outside and inside government to make Seattle, as always, a better place to live and work.”

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Councilmember Nick Licata was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1998 on a platform of civic action and community involvement.  Licata has served as President of the Council, and currently serves as Chair of the Council Finance and Culture Committee, and the Budget Committee. He was a founding member, president and co-chair of numerous local and national organizations, including but not limited to The Metropolitan Democratic Club, 911 Media Arts Center board, and Citizens for More Important Things.  His book promoting citizen activism and government accountability will be published by Sasquatch Press in early 2016.

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Comment from Vince Slupski
Time January 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

I’ve lived in Seattle for 25 years, and you have been quite simply the finest councilmember in that whole period. Thank you for your outstanding service to Seattle, to the neighborhoods, and to the middle and working class who make up the great majority of the city’s population but who are not always well represented in City Hall.

Comment from Michael Foster
Time January 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

Thank you Nick, for your amazing work making Seattle a better place. I hope someone as sharp, effective and caring comes along to fill your shoes. We need leaders more like Nick!

Will we see you Saturday at City Hall for the State of the Planet 2015?

Comment from Jackie Ramels
Time January 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

NO! I am so sorry to see you leave. Thanks for your good work over the years. Jackie

Comment from Jeff C Klein
Time January 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

Geez, I hate to see you leave the council. You’ve done a great job, and your shoes will be difficult to replace. With the time remaining, please don’t endorse any more SLUT’s! The system in San Antonio with smaller “SF cable car type buses” on rubber tires, and 5 separate loops in, and just out of, the center is far superior, and much cheaper.
Have fun in your future endeavors.

Comment from Jeff C Klein
Time January 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

“fill”, meant to say “fill”, not replace your shoes! YOU will be difficult to replace.

Comment from Gregg Whitcomb
Time January 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Nick, you will be very difficult to replace on the city council. I hope your future plans are as, or even more successful than your work as a council member.
Best wishes.

Comment from A Bilbrough
Time February 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Yes,thank you for your outstanding service those whose voices aren’t always heard with vigor in annals of goverment & to those who have no voice at all, the elephants

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