• Seattle City Council appoints Abel Pacheco Jr. as replacement for District 4 seat

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    Seattle City Council voted Monday to appoint Abel Pacheco Jr. to fill former Councilmember Rob Johnson's seat until the election in November. Pacheco is currently the director of strategic engagement for Washington MESA at the University of Washington. 

     

    "Given the skills, qualities, characteristics and lived experience of Councilmember Pacheco, I believe the City will be well served in many areas, including planning and land use, through the end of this term," said Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council president. "We would like to thank all the applicants who applied and many of the applicants displayed the desired background, skills, and experience. All of the applicants should be proud of their hard work over these last 20 plus days. Even for a short period of time, serving on Council is an important and challenging job, and we appreciate all the applicants' willingness to serve the City."

    Pacheco, who is currently a candidate for the permanent job as councilmember for the district, cannot seek election in the 2019 race and will serve until the race results are certified On November 26. He assumed the office immediately and his first voting council meeting will be April 29.

    Johnson, who was elected in 2015, announced he would resign from his position serving District 4 in March. His final day was April 5 and he will soon start a job with Seattle's new NHL team. 

    District 4 covers a range of neighborhoods from Eastlake to northeast Seattle, including the University District, Roosevelt, Ravenna, Sand Point, parts of Fremont and Wallingford and Laurelhurst.

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