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Who wants to be on the city council?

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

The Federal Way City Council is looking for a new council member to fill the Position 5 seat vacated by Michael Hellickson, who formerly announced his resignation Nov. 22.

Hellickson confirmed last fall he would be moving his family to Lake Tapps by the end of the year, but said he would stay in Federal Way to cast one last vote for his constituents.

Ž“It was a great sacrifice to my family to stay in Federal Way,Ž” he said, adding it cost them an extra $1,600 a month. Ž“But I felt an obligation to stay until after the budget vote.Ž”

He and Councilwoman Linda Kochmar cast the only dissenting votes on the 2003-04 budget, which the Federal Way City Council passed Nov. 19.

Now that his resignation is formal, the Council will interview candidates and appoint his replacement by Jan. 13.

Hellickson said heŽ’s hoping the council will choose someone with political leanings similar to his own.

Ž“IŽ’d love to see a good conservative voice that isnŽ’t afraid to speak up and to stand up for their values regardless of whatŽ’s popular,Ž” he said. Ž“The problem is, if someone like that applies, they wonŽ’t get appointed.Ž”

To that end, he challenged his colleagues remaining on the council to appoint someone with a voice not currently represented on the council.

Ž“The person should represent people who are least able to represent themselves, the common voice,Ž” he said. Ž“Not the rich, artsy vote. The common vote.Ž”

Councilman Eric Faison said he wants to see the candidates first, but he would be inclined to pick someone who was smart, thoughtful, personable and Ž“willing to work hard.Ž”

Ž“I wouldnŽ’t pick someone based off an ideological leaning,Ž” he said.

The person selected by council members will serve until the end of 2003, when HellicksonŽ’s term expires. He or she then will have to run for the position to retain it.

Potential council members must be registered voters and must have resided in city limits for one year before taking office. Monthly pay for council members if $750.

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