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February 17, 2009 11:00 PM

Burgess considering run for Seattle mayor

Posted by Emily Heffter

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess says he is considering running against two-term Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, adding his name to a list of candidates who are thinking about it.

Developer Greg Smith decided last week he would not take on the mayor, after saying a couple months ago he was considering it. City Councilmember Nick Licata said he is still mulling a run, as has former Seattle Supersonic James Donaldson.

Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck's name continues to circulate, along with Michael McGinn, the founder of the Seattle Great City Initiative.

Burgess said he is concerned Seattle has a bad reputation regionally and is perceived as a bully, and he worries that city government has grown out of touch with residents.

"The more I watch how the city is moving or not moving forward, the more concerned I become," he said. "I think it may be time for new blood and a new vision in our city."

Burgess, a former chairman of the city's Ethics and Elections Commission, unseated incumbent David Della in 2007.

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