By Assunta Ng
A friend told me recently that Dave Okimoto is going to run against Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell in 2015.
When I saw Okimoto, the former United Way executive, last Friday, I asked him,
“Are you running?”
“No, I am not,” he replied.
He said he decided against it. He felt he would feel confined being a politician. “I can help people of color and the community more [without being an elected official].” He doesn’t want to be boxed in a certain position, without the freedom to fight for the needs of people of color.
In the meantime, he volunteers his time. He spoke for Proposition 1B (Ordinance 124509), supporting the Seattle City Council and Mayor’s proposal, at the API candidate forum last Friday.
So, Bruce, you may relax. (end)