A relic from Mayor Frank Todd’s turbulent years in office | Tukwila’s Story

The Tukwila Historical Society has received an addition to its museum collection. The item was recently found by Mayor Allan Ekberg during a dog walk in Tukwila. This sign appears to be from Frank Todd’s run for Position 1 on the Tukwila City Council in 1977.

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 2:11pm
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While walking his dog

By LOUISE JONES-BROWN

Tukwila Historical Society

The Tukwila Historical Society has received an addition to its museum collection. The item was recently found by Mayor Allan Ekberg during a dog walk in Tukwila. This sign appears to be from Frank Todd’s run for Position 1 on the Tukwila City Council in 1977.

Historical records show Frank Todd was mayor of Tukwila from 1972-1975. He ran for a second term but lost to Edgar “Ed” Bauch. Todd filed in 1977 for Council Position No. 1 against Councilman Lionel “Bud” Bohrer who had already filed his intent to run for the office.

Prior to the 1977 election, Todd was asked to resign in 1974 during his first term as mayor. Then in 1976, Frank Todd filed a lawsuit against council member Catherine Harris, Louise Strander – wife of former Mayor John Strander – and Marie Gardner, wife of Councilman Dwight Gardner. The lawsuit was dismissed as the judge ruled against Todd, citing that he was a public figure and was not protected by the same protections as a private citizen.

The 1979 race for mayor found incumbent Mayor Ed Bauch running against Frank Todd. Todd was the winner for this election. However in June 1982, Todd submitted his resignation, citing that he felt the position of mayor should be made a full-time position instead of the part-time status that he had accepted at the time of his election. This event finally ended a decade of political turmoil in Tukwila’s city government and began the mayor’s position as full time.

Louise Jones-Brown is president of the Tukwila Historical Society. The society operates the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S., Tukwila. The center can be reached by phone at 206-244-HIST or via email at tukwilaheritagectr@tukwilahistory.org.

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