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  McIver faces [Seattle] council challenge by close contender in 2003 race
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Last EditedRalphie  Mar 09, 2005 01:20pm
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News DateWednesday, March 9, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSeattle City Councilman Richard McIver will face an election-year challenge from Robert Rosencrantz, a landlord and former housing official who narrowly lost a council primary two years ago.

Rosencrantz's challenge, announced yesterday, sets up a second competitive council race this year and goes against the trend of candidates piling on Councilman Richard Conlin, who already has attracted four opponents.

Rosencrantz, 49, said he will pit his "can-do spirit, optimism and ability to get things done" against an incumbent whom he portrayed as ineffective and, at times, altogether absent.

Rosencrantz said he scoured McIver's attendance record over the past three years and discovered the councilman had been late or had missed 32 of 143 council meetings, as well as nearly a third of Sound Transit board meetings, where McIver is one of Seattle's two representatives. When he was chairman of the Housing and Human Services Committee, McIver canceled about half the scheduled meetings, Rosencrantz said.

"For many people, that kind of attendance record would get them fired," Rosencrantz said.

Rosencrantz won't be alone in challenging McIver. Ángel Bolaños, an activist who ran unsuccessfully for the council two years ago, said last week he also has decided to run against him. Bolaños criticized McIver for siding with Nickels on many issues. Seattle City Light employee Mike Thompson also has filed to run against McIver.

Nickels, whose first term is up this year, also picked up a longshot challenger last week when Christal Wood announced she would run a "shoestring" campaign against him. Wood ran as a write-in candidate for mayor in 2001. She also ran in 2003 for the City Council, earning the endorsement of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and 12 percent of the primary vote.
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