Seattle City Council prepares to choose next citywide council member

The position is voted on by the council, as opposed to the general city population.


This will be someone’s new office in just a matter of two weeks.

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While the majority of Seattle and King County’s election cycles finished in November, there’s one more position that’s still up for grabs — a Seattle City Council at-large seat.

Seattle City Council has two of these citywide seats that are typically on the ballots when we vote for Seattle’s mayor and city attorney.

But 2024 will require a little bit of maneuvering. Teresa Mosqueda — who held Position 8 — was recently elected to a King County Council position and vacated her city spot on Jan. 3. That means Seattle has 20 days to find a replacement.

Still confused? Let’s try to sort it out.

🗳 What is this at-large position?

In addition to the council’s seven district positions, Seattle also has two at-large council members that are meant to represent the city’s interests as a whole.

So while you have your district council member, you can also reach out to either of the two at-large folks for anything you want to discuss. Council President Sara Nelson currently holds the Position 9 at-large seat.

🗳 Why is the council voting on it?

The city charter dictates that the city council has 20 days to appoint a replacement should an at-large council member vacate the position.

The council appointee will keep their seat until November when the city runs a special election to determine a longer-term replacement. The winner of that election will keep the seat until 2025 when the position is regularly scheduled to be up for grabs.

🗳 Who’s up for the role?

Of the 72 eligible applicants for the temporary replacement, eight have been selected as finalists.

  • Juan J. Cotto
  • Neha Nariya
  • Mark Soloman
  • Vivian Song
  • Steven K. Strand
  • Mari Sugiyama
  • Linh Thai
  • Tanya Woo

Next, the council will host a community forum (still being scheduled) where the public can provide feedback. Then on Monday, Jan. 22, each candidate has an opportunity to address the council before a final vote on Tuesday, Jan. 23.