On Tuesday, Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell announced that he will not seek re-election for his seat on the council. Harrell, who has served on the council since 2008, says that he is proud of his tenure and his track record of creating better opportunities for others in the City of Seattle.
“Today I am announcing my intent not to seek re-election to the Seattle City Council for a fourth term because of my belief that three terms is sufficient in this role at this time,” said Harrell. “I have been honored to serve the people of Seattle and thank the many community partners, city employees, organizations, family and friends who began this journey with me in 2007 and have worked with me to make our city better.”
During his time on the council, Harrell was instrumental in converting the Race and Social Justice Initiative into permanent legislation, proposing and implementing the idea of Body Cameras for police officers, creating a sustainable $100 million-dollar savings account for City Light to protect citizens from fluctuating rate increases, increased funding in the budget to expand the 13thYear Promise Scholarship Program—guaranteeing every high school graduate an opportunity and access to one year of free college, and getting major internet companies to provide low-cost, high-speed internet access to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Harrell currently chairs the Governance, Equity, and Technology Committee, serves as vice chair of the Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renter Rights Committee and serves as a member of the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee.
“I have tried to level a playing field plagued with institutional unfairness; and lead with creativity and impact,” said Harrell. “While my work as a councilmember will end in 2019, I will remain an engaged community leader and look forward to continuing my work to create a more vibrant, healthy and just society.”
Harrell is married to Joanne Harrell and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Regents for the UW. He attended K-12 in Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Garfield High. He played football for the University of Washington (1978 Rose Bowl Champion, 1979 Sun Bowl Champion, 1st Team Academic All American and All Pac-10) and was subsequently elected to the UW Alumni Board of Trustees. He received the 2007 University of Washington Distinguished Alumni Award in Political Science and 2008 Husky Legend award.