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  [Seattle] Council races altered when Pelz changes course
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Last EditedRalphie  Jun 03, 2005 08:53am
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News DateFriday, June 3, 2005 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe race for Richard Conlin's Seattle City Council seat became a little less cluttered yesterday when challenger Dwight Pelz announced that he is changing his tack and will challenge council incumbent Richard McIver instead.

"I just have not seen a commitment to lead from Richard McIver. Seattle needs real leadership right now," Pelz said. "Simply taking votes in City Hall isn't going to move the city forward."

McIver has served two terms on the council and chairs its the council's Finance and Budget Committee.

Pelz, whose King County Council seat will be eliminated when the 13-member county council downsizes to nine seats, announced his plans to run for City Council more than a year ago.

After initially saying that he was going after Conlin's seat, Pelz said yesterday that he decided to switch after talking with supporters.

"I have made hundreds of calls and addressed voters in coffees and events throughout the city, and the message is clear," said Pelz. "Richard McIver simply isn't addressing neighborhood concerns, he doesn't have a vision for the city, and he isn't leading on the issues.

"I don't think he has the enthusiasm for this anymore," said Pelz.
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