Mike McGinn, Mayor of Seattle, Washington State, USA



FRONT PAGE
Site Search
About us |
Quiénes somos |
A propos de nous | Über uns |
Mayor Monitor
Directories
Events
Debate


US Mayors

World Mayor
World index of mayors
Mayors from Africa
Mayors from Asia & Australia
Mayors from The Americas
Mayors from Europe
Mayors and political parties
World's largest cities
and their mayors 2011

Elected US mayors
US 2013 mayoral elections

Mayors from Canada and the US (Former mayors in italics)
|
Akron | Albuquerque | Atlanta (Franklin) | Atlanta (Reed) | Baltimore | Boston | Calgary | Chicago Emanuel | Chicago Daley | Columbus | Dayton | Denver | Detroit (Bing) | Detroit (Kilpatrick) | Edmonton | Harrisburg | Honolulu | Houston (Parker) | Houston (White) | London (Ontario) | Los Angeles | Louisville | Memphis | Miami | Minneapolis | Mississauga | News Orleans (Landrieu) | New Orleans (Nagin) | Newark | New York | Oakland | Oklahoma City | Phoenix | Philiadelphia | Pittsburgh | Pomona | Portland (Adams) | Portland (Potter) | Providence | Salt Lake City (Anderson) | Salt Lake City (Becker) | San Francisco | Seattle (McGinn) | Seattle (Nickels) | South Bay | Southfield | Stamford | Surrey BC | Toronto | Trenton | Tulsa | Washington DC | Winnipeg |


City Mayors reports news from towns and cities around the world. Worldwide | Elections | North America | Latin America | Europe | Asia | Africa |


City Mayors ranks the world’s largest, best as well as richest cities and urban areas. It also ranks the cities in individual countries, and provides a list of the capital cities of some 200 sovereign countries. More


City Mayors profiles city leaders from around the world. More


City Mayors describes the history, architecture and politics of the greatest city halls in the world. More


Mayors from The Americas, Europe. Asia, Australia and Africa compete for the World Mayor Award. More


Use
Mayor Monitor to rate the performance of mayors from across the world More


In your opinion: Praise Criticise. Write


City Mayors reports political events, analyses the issues and depicts the main players. More


City Mayors describes and explains the structures and workings of local government in Europe, The Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa. More


City Mayors deals with economic and investment issues affecting towns and cities. More


City Mayors describes and explains financial issues affecting local government. More


City Mayors reports urban environmental developments and examines the challenges faced by cities worldwide. More


City Mayors reports on and discusses urban development issues in developed and developing countries. More


City Mayors reports on developments in urban society and behaviour and reviews relevant research. More


City Mayors invites readers to write about the people in their cities. More


City Mayors examines city brands and marketing. More


City Mayors lists and features urban events, conferences and conventions aimed at urban decision makers and those with an interest in cities worldwide. More



City Mayors deals with urban transport issues in developed and developing countries and features the world’s greatest metro systems. More


City Mayors examines education issues and policies affecting children and adults in urban areas. More


City Mayors investigates health issues affecting urban areas with an emphasis on health in cities in developing countries. More


City Mayors reports on how business developments impact on cities and examines cooperation between cities and the private sector. More


City Mayors examines the contributions history and culture make to urban society and environment. More


City Mayors examines the importance of urban tourism to city economies. More


City Mayors questions those who govern the world’s cities and talks to men and women who contribute to urban society and environment. More


City Mayors profiles national and international organisations representing cities as well as those dealing with urban issues. More


City Mayors reports on major national and international sporting events and their impact on cities. More


City Mayors lists cities and city organisations, profiles individual mayors and provides information on hundreds of urban events. More

Mike McGinn
Mayor of Seattle
By Andrew Stevens

29 March 2010: A noted environmental champion and grassroots organiser, Mike McGinn was elected as Seattle’s new mayor following Greg Nickels’ two terms. As with many other city mayors, McGinn trained in law before public office but his stance on the legalisation of marijuana marks him out from the pack. McGinn now faces making good on his campaign promises, most notably around public transportation in the west coast city.

Update November 2013: Mike McGinn was defeated by Ed Murray in the 5 November mayoral elections.

Born in 1959, McGinn grew up not in Seattle but Long Island, New York. He was educated at Massachusetts-based Williams College, a private liberal arts institution, where he received his bachelors in economics, before attending the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. After law school he joined the city legal firm Stokes Lawrence, practicing company law and eventually rising to become a partner. He left the practice in 2006 to found the Seattle Great City Initiative, a non-profit advocacy campaign which worked around environmental and urban development initiatives in the city, engaged in coalition-building and community organising. McGinn has also served as state chair of the Sierra Club, the venerable environmentalist concern. He has also enthusiastically backed the legalisation and state taxation of marijuana.

Despite having worked closely with the city’s last mayor Greg Nickels during his time as head of the Great City Initiative, McGinn announced his candidacy for mayor in March 2009, pledging to increase schools, internet and public transport provision in the city as the cornerstones of his campaign. The two mayor Nickels, in spite of his national reputation for spearheading efforts to tackle climate change, had experienced a sharp drop in popularity as mayor owing to a number of policy failures during his watch. By the time of the August primary election, Nickels had failed to remain in the running and crashed out in third place, leaving the November general election field to McGinn and his principal challenger Joe Mallahan, a telecommunications executive. In spite of Mallahan’s high spending campaign, he lost to McGinn after a lengthy count, but by a slender margin. The principal issue throughout the campaign was the proposed tunnel replacement for the city’s quake-damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct, which McGinn opposes.

The city’s monorail and Space Needle hold iconic status as legacy features of its 1962 World Fair. A recent project to build a large-scale monorail network for Seattle ground to a halt in 2005 when the city council withheld planning consent, effectively killing off the project, though the vehicle tax levied by the city after voters’ consent in 2002 will continue to be paid to cover its debts. Seattle also shot to global prominence in the early 1990s during the ascendancy of its Grunge scene, which was centred around bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, reflecting the primacy of culture there also.

Seattle is a charter city, with responsibilities denoted under the city charter, as opposed to other cities in Washington State which operated under the Mayor-Council Manager system. The nine city councillors are elected on at large basis. The city also operates an array of public utilities compared to other US cities which rely on private sector provision. Seattle Public Utilities provides water and refuse collection while Seattle City Light is responsible for electricity supply. Both are agencies of the city. This is perhaps a reflection of the city’s politics, which are firmly left of centre by national standards.

Comment on Mayor McGinn
Read comments



Comments on the City Mayors Code of Ethics


CITY MAYORS
Code of Ethics

City Mayors was established in 2003 to promote, encourage and facilitate good local government. To strengthen local government further, City Mayors has now instituted a Code of Ethics for city leaders who wish to perform their duties beyond all reproach.

Mayors featured by City Mayors and those shortlisted for the World Mayor Prize will be asked to confirm that they and their administrations adhere to the letter and spirit of the Code. Ultimately, City Mayors aims to establish the professional title of Chartered Mayor in recognition of city leaders who bring high integrity and competence to public service as well as adhere to the code of ethics. More