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  Three plan run for Conlin's [Seattle city council] seat
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Last EditedRalphie  Jan 26, 2005 09:21am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
News DateWednesday, January 26, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe year for city elections in Seattle is barely a month old and filing for office doesn't end until July. But Councilman Richard Conlin is already under siege.

Three opponents -- two longtime officeholders and a top aide to Mayor Greg Nickels -- say they will run against Conlin.

Of the other three incumbents, only Richard McIver has attracted an opponent, Mike Thompson, a Seattle City Light employee who is making his second try at a City Council seat.

Conlin, who is in his second term, is a soft-spoken environmentalist with a reputation as being a friend of neighborhoods. But his opponents -- Paige Miller, a longtime Seattle port commissioner; Dwight Pelz, a King County councilman and a former state senator; and Casey Corr, once Nickels' communications director -- have found plenty to criticize.

"As transportation chair, Richard Conlin has been the champion of delays, diversions and indecisiveness," Miller says. "He has stood four-square with two feet straddling three different positions on replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct."

"On every single issue my leadership has been decisive, clear, thoughtful and has very much respected the fact that we can't make public policy without involving the public," said Conlin. "I have a deep belief that we have to listen and be responsible to the electorate."
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