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Abel Pacheco Jr. appointed to Seattle City Council

Abel Pacheco Jr. will fill the District 4 seat on Seattle City Council until November.
Credit: Courtesy Abel Pacheco
Abel Pacheco will fill the District 4 seat on Seattle City Council until November. Pacheco replaces Rob Johnson, who resigned from his city council seat on April 4.

Abel Pacheco Jr. is the newest member of Seattle City Council. 

The 31-year-old was appointed Monday following a short public vetting process. Pacheco replaces Rob Johnson who resigned abruptly earlier this month.

He will fill Johnson’s term representing District 4 until November 26, 2019.

"It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the new representative of D4," Pacheco said. "Starting on Earth Day today, and for the next 216 days, I will work hard to ensure that we support healthy, safe communities and build a Seattle that is affordable for all."

“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 Council President Bruce Harrell.

Pacheco has run for the office before and was the runner up for an appointment when Tim Burgess left the council to serve as Mayor in 2017.

The 2012 University of Washington graduate vowed to end his campaign for the District 4 City Council seat this fall if he was appointed to the caretaker position.

Pacheco took the Oath of Office shorty after accepting the position Monday. His first Seattle City Council briefing and voting meeting will take place April 29, 2019.

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