Seattle is a charter city, with a mayor–council form of government. From 1911 to 2013, Seattle’s nine city councillors were elected at large, rather than by geographic subdivisions. For the 2015 election, this changed to a hybrid system of seven district members and two at-large members as a result of a ballot measure passed on November 5, 2013. The only other elected offices are the city attorney and Municipal Court judges. All city offices are officially non-partisan.
Like some other parts of the United States, government and laws are also run by a series of ballot initiatives (allowing citizens to pass or reject laws), referenda (allowing citizens to approve or reject legislation already passed), and propositions (allowing specific government agencies to propose new laws or tax increases directly to the people).
Click on the images below for contact information and to learn more about each of our Seattle City Council Members.
Visit the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website to learn more about the rest of the City Council, and where the current Seattle City Council District borders are located.
The Mayor of Seattle is the head of the executive branch of the city government of Seattle, WA. The mayor is authorized by the city charter to enforce laws enacted by the Seattle City Council, as well as direct subordinate officers in city departments. The mayor serves a four-year term, without term limits, and is chosen in citywide, two-round elections between nonpartisan candidates.
Jenny A. Durkan is the 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the City in nearly a century.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Durkan was a civic leader and nationally-recognized attorney. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, becoming the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country’s history.