Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council

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The Seattle City Council is committed to ensuring that Seattle, Washington, is safe, livable and sustainable. Nine Councilmembers are elected to four-year terms in nonpartisan elections and represent the entire city, elected by all Seattle voters.

The City Council approves the city’s budget, develops laws and policies that promote the health and safety of Seattle’s residents, and oversees the city’s police, fire department, parks, andlibraries, as well as the electric, water, solid waste, and drainage utilities.

The public is encouraged to join Councilmembers at all full City Council and committee meetings and to comment on current legislation by signing up before the start of each meeting. Agendas are available on the .

View the Council's and .

Elections

Election of city council members occur on odd-numbered years, with either four or five councilmembers up for election based on position number. All council members' terms begin January 1. The council positions are officially non-partisan, and the ballot gives no party designations.

Since January 1, 2010, the makeup of the council has been:



History

Seattle was first incorporated as a town by an act of the Territorial Legislature on January 14, 1865. The act...
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