Donaldson, Steinbrueck may run against Nickels for Seattle mayor
Former Sonic James Donaldson has formed an exploratory committee to run against Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck said he has been persuaded to consider a run against Nickels, although he hasn't formed a committee.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Former Sonic James Donaldson has formed an exploratory committee to run against Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.
Donaldson said he would decide within two to three weeks whether to enter the race. As a small-business owner, Donaldson said he is interested in recruiting and retaining small businesses in Seattle. The two physical-therapy clinics Donaldson owns are outside of Seattle.
A political newcomer who played for the Sonics from 1980-83, Donaldson filed months ago as a candidate for City Council.
So far, no well-known, viable candidate has stepped up to challenge Nickels, who this year is seeking a third term.
City Council members Tim Burgess and Nick Licata both decided against running. Licata announced Monday he will seek another council term instead.
Former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck said he has been persuaded to consider a run against Nickels, although he hasn't formed a committee.
Steinbrueck said he had nothing to do with the creation of a Facebook page called, "Peter Steinbrueck, for the love of Seattle, RUN FOR MAYOR!" But he did respond to its creator, Susanna Williams, to ask its members (more than 400) to write in and tell him what changes they would like to see.
Local political blogs buzzed over the weekend that Steinbrueck's response showed he is seriously considering a run. In a phone interview Monday, Steinbrueck said he is thinking about it, but "I've certainly not made a decision one way or another."
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