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Mayorpalooza: Seattle's Former Mayors Converge On KUOW, Part 1

Ross Reynolds
06/07/2012 at 12:20 p.m.

This historic broadcast brings Seattle's former mayors together for the first time ever on radio. What do they think about the city today? Why do Seattle mayors seem to be cursed when they run for different offices? And how many of them grew beards after they left office? Former Seattle Mayors Greg Nickels, Paul Schell, Norm Rice and Charles Royer join us in studio, with contributions from Wes Uhlman.


Greg Nickels was the mayor of Seattle from 2002–2010. He has been a fellow and taught at Harvard, worked with mayors in the Ukraine, and he's been a public delegate of the US at the United Nations. Nickels is currently running for Washington's secretary of state.

Paul Schell was the mayor of Seattle from 1998–2002. He was also a commissioner at the Port of Seattle and the dean of the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban planning from 1992 to 1995.

Norm Rice was the mayor of Seattle from 1990–1998. He is currently the president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, one of the nation's largest community foundations.

Charles Royer was the mayor of Seattle from 1978–1990, making him the longest–serving mayor in city history. He has been president of the National League of Cities, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and founded the nonprofit Institute for Community Change.

Wes Uhlman was the mayor of Seattle from 1969–1978. He was Seattle's youngest mayor, entering office at age 34. After serving as mayor, Uhlman retired from politics and became involved in land development.

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