Council Selects Abel Pacheco Jr. for Vacancy Appointment

Council President Bruce Harrell (District 2, South Seattle) today announced Council’s selection of Abel Pacheco Jr. to fill the Council vacancy left by Councilmember Rob Johnson on April 5th in Northeast Seattle’s District 4.

Abel Pacheco Jr. joins the Council from the University of
Washington’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program as
Director of Strategic Engagement. The MESA program is the state’s largest STEM
diversity educational pathway program, increasing opportunities for students of
color and young women in STEM. Pacheco brings a unique and diverse background,
advocating for young people, people of color, immigrants, and other
marginalized communities to the City Council.

• Abel Pacheco
Jr.’s Application and Supporting Documentation

“Given the skills, qualities, characteristics and lived experience
of Councilmember Pacheco, I believe the City will be well served in many areas,
including planning and land use, through the end of this term,” said Harrell.
“We would like to thank all the applicants who applied and many of the
applicants displayed the desired background, skills, and experience. All of the
applicants should be proud of their hard work over these last 20 plus days.
Even for a short period of time, serving on Council is an important and
challenging job, and we appreciate all the applicants’ willingness to serve the
City.”

Pacheco Jr. assumed office immediately after accepting the
position and taking the Oath of Office. Pacheco’s first Council Briefing and
voting City Council meeting will be next Monday, April 29. The City Charter gives the City
Council 20 calendar days to fill a vacant position. Council worked with the
community to develop a Public Forum where community organizations and the public
asked questions and engaged with the applicants. The Public Forum was held on
April 15 with Council reaching out to approximately 35-40 community
organizations. Fifteen community organizations submitted sixty-eight questions
and approximately fourteen community organizations participated at the Public
Forum. All applicants were required to participate at the Public Forum and
appear before the Council at the Special City Council meeting on April 17 to be
eligible for appointment (SMC 3.93.010.F).

“My Council colleagues and I ran an inclusive, transparent and
efficient process for the position of District 4 Councilmember,” said Harrell.
“All eleven qualified applicants were invited to the community-involved Public
Forum and the Special City Council meeting on April 17 where all eleven
applicants were provided the opportunity to formally present a 3-minute
presentation and respond to questions from Councilmembers.”

Pacheco Jr. will serve as Councilmember in Position 4 until
November 26, 2019, the date all election results are certified by King County
Elections, and the newly elected Councilmember representing District 4 takes
the oath of office.

For all applicable information, including applicants’
applications, community organizations questions, memos, and news release
regarding the Council Vacancy process, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/council-vacancy.

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