Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton announces plans to seek a second term

Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton announced Tuesday, April 5, he will seek a second term in office. The 75-year-old Haggerton said during a phone interview the city has, "a lot going on and that's why I want to see the results. We've accomplished a lot in a down economy."

Mayor Jim Haggerton announced April 5 he will be seeking a second term.

Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton announced Tuesday, April 5, he will seek a second four-year term in office.

The 75-year-old Haggerton said during a phone interview the city has, “a lot going on and that’s why I want to see the results. We’ve accomplished a lot in a down economy.”

Haggerton noted he is very active in the city and regionally including serving on the board of the Association of Washington Cities and the Cascade Water Alliance. The mayor is also active in the Suburban Cities Association.

Haggerton has been involved in Tukwila government for 22 years prior to his first term in the mayor’s chair. He spent nine years on the Planning Commission and 13 years on the City Council.

Haggerton pointed to a couple of high marks in his first administration including the Southcenter Parkway extension project, which is a new five lane road from South 180th Street to South 200th Street, and the Southcenter Access Project. According to the city’s website, the access project is a major reconstruction of Southcenter Parkway between Strander Boulevard and Tukwila Parkway, between Westfield Southcenter Mall and Interstate 5.

“It’s going to be absolutely beautiful,” Haggerton said of the access project.

The mayor said the city was able to accelerate the project by closing the road, which allows the construction to be completed in one season.

In a release announcing his intention to run for a second term Haggerton stated he, “enjoyed the highs of a centennial city celebration and successful Tukwila to Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll  Marathons to the lows of dealing with the most difficult economic times in years.”

Haggerton said in his second term he wants to see the results of the many plans and projects started in his first term.

“It’s been my privilege to serve the citizens of Tukwila this first term,” Haggerton stated in the release. “I look forward to a second term in order to pursue the vision we have established for our city.”

The city’s form of government is mayor-council where the mayor and council members are elected by a vote of the citizens.

Haggerton’s first term ends Dec. 31.

The filing period for candidates is June 6-10.

The primary election will be Aug. 16 and the general election Nov. 8.

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