Jan 4, 2024 - Politics

How to become Seattle's next City Council member

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

If you want to become the next member of the Seattle City Council, you've got a little less than a week to apply.

What's happening: The deadline to apply for a vacant seat on the nine-member council is Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5pm.

Catch up quick: Former Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda resigned her Seattle council seat earlier this week, leaving a vacancy.

  • Mosqueda left to assume the King County Council seat she won in last fall's election.
  • Whoever fills the City Council vacancy will join a body that is mostly newcomers — the least experienced Seattle council in more than a century.

How it works: Anyone who is a U.S. citizen and eligible to vote can apply for the council position as long as they've been a registered voter in Seattle for at least 120 days.

  • You can apply by emailing a resume, cover letter and financial interest statement form to [email protected]. (Be sure to include your residential address with your application.)
  • The city expects to hold a public forum with candidates sometime between Jan. 11 and Jan. 16.
  • Whoever is chosen will serve for about 11 months, until a permanent council member is elected in November.

What's next: The City Council plans to vote on Mosqueda's replacement at a special meeting Jan. 23.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Seattle.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Seattle stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Seattle.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more