Mayor Jenny Durkan Statement on City Council President Bruce Harrell’s Announcement That He Will Not Seek Re-election

Seattle (January 8, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released the below statement following the announcement by Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell that he will not seek re-election in 2019: 

“Bruce has been a friend and colleague for over 30 years. For decades, he has worked tirelessly for our communities and for a more inclusive Seattle. Since our days together in law school at the University of Washington, I have known him to be a man of compassion and justice. Like his parents, Bruce cares deeply about and works to improve our communities. 

“As mayor, I have sought his advice and partnered with him to deliver on our shared priorities, like free ORCA passes for youth, two years of free college for Seattle Public Schools high school students, and new gun safety legislation. 

“I look forward to continuing to work with Bruce for the remainder of his term to create a more affordable, just, and vibrant city of the future.

“We will miss having Bruce at City Hall. But I know his contributions to our communities will continue for years to come.”