Former Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver dies

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SEATTLE - Former and longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver, 71, died Saturday night at Swedish Hospital, city officials said.

McIver served on the Seattle City Council for more than 20 years before stepping down in 2009. 

McIver also battled a series of health issues.

Mayor Mike McGinn released a statement Sunday on the passing of McIver: 

"Richard was warm, funny, well-loved and dedicated to his city. My thoughts are with his family and his friends. He will be missed."

The Seattle City Council also issued a statement on the passing McIver:

“It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our friend, the Honorable Richard McIver. Richard committed his life to improving the lot of others. His community development career, including his years as a member of the Seattle City Council, was grounded in a quest for equity of opportunity, justice, and elevating quality of life for people in need. Richard’s deep knowledge of economic development strategies and belief in the positive power of government action made him a valuable ally not just for people of color and small businesses, but for a just and equitable future for the city as a whole. Richard employed terrific dignity, a wicked sense of humor and a sharp ear for equivocation in pursuit of a better city for all. We will miss him greatly.”