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Federal Way’s Mike Park won’t seek re-election to City Council

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on June 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
June 7, 2011 2:15 pm

Mike Park, a Federal Way City Council member for 16 years, announced today he will not seek re-election.

Park, 64, has been a City Council member since June 1995. He has served as the city’s council-appointed mayor twice.

“Working on behalf of Federal Way’s citizens for 16 years has been a rewarding and enriching experience,” Park said in a statement today. “It’s time for a fresh new face and perspective on the City Council.”

Park served as Federal Way’s mayor from 2000 to 2001, making him the first Korean American mayor in the state. His council peers elected him mayor again in January 2006, marking the first time in Federal Way’s history that a council member had been elected mayor twice.

Federal Way voters approved switching to a strong, elected mayor in November 2009 and a year later elected Skip Priest as mayor.

Park owns Midway Cleaners in Kent.

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