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Friday, January 27, 2006 - Page updated at 04:27 PM

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Former council aide to replace Compton

Seattle Times staff

The Seattle City Council this morning named Sally Clark, a former council aide and Department of Neighborhoods employee, to replace Jim Compton, who resigned this month.

There had been calls to use this appointment to make the council more diverse. All the finalists were women. Five of the six were racial minorities. Clark was the only white finalist. Clark beat out Stella Chao, Ven Knox, Sharon Maeda, former Councilwoman Dolores Sibonga and Venus Velázquez., chosen from a field of 98 applicants.

Clark, 39, works for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, overseeing volunteers, government affairs and education efforts for the nonprofit. She is a former aide to Councilwoman Tina Podlodowski and worked as an editor for the Seattle Gay News.

After several rounds of voting today, Clark won 6-2. Councilmen David Della and Richard McIver, the panel's only two racial minorities, voted against her appointment. The two had said earlier they would be inclined to appoint a woman who was a racial minority.

After the 6-2 vote, the council voted unanimously in favor of Clark.

Clark has said she would like to focus on creating jobs, fixing the Alaskan Way Viaduct and helping small businesses afford health care for their workers. She lives in the Brighton neighborhood near Seward Park.

Clark will be sworn in Feb. 6. Compton resigned to teach and write in Romania and Egypt.

Clark will serve through the rest of the year. Should she decide to fill out the rest of Compton's term, she would need to run for election in November.

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