Tim Burgess

Tim was a member of the Seattle City Council from 2008 to 2017, and served as Mayor of Seattle for 71 days in late 2017. Prior to his political career, Burgess was a radio journalist and Seattle Police Department officer.

Manifesto: A Vision for a Renewed Seattle

The urban theorist Richard Florida argues cities and surrounding regions will thrive as we move beyond the pandemic, just as they have following previous calamities: “Covid-19 is a once-in-a-century catastrophe, but it also hands us a once-in-a-century opportunity to rebuild communities to be more equitable and more inclusive, as well as more livable.”

Truth About Consequences: The Proposal to Change Prosecution of Misdemeanors is a Bad Idea

The roadblocks to successful prosecution this proposal establishes will discourage police from making arrests, amplifying a condition that already exists today, and discourage prosecutors from taking cases to court.

Experts: Why “Defunding the Police” Misses the Mark

Nationally, there's reason to believe that, historically, Black and Brown communities have been over-policed when it comes to minor offenses and under policed when it comes to serious offenses.