Rob Johnson, the Seattle City Council member from District 4, announced today that he will be resigning on April 5. Johnson had already announced that he would not seek re-election after his term was up this year, and will be taking up a role working with the National Hockey League on their Key Arena project after his time on the council. The resignation comes right as the ink dried on MHA (Mandatory Housing Affordability), Johnson's piece of zoning legislation.
The timing is great, because it allows me to get this giant legislative accomplishment done and go back to being a dad.. I'm definitely interested in going back to the private life,” [Johnson] said. “This has nothing to do with timeline of future employers with NHL Seattle.
As for what's next, there are currently nine people vying for Johnson's seat in District 4. The election isn't until November. There will need to be an interim council member.
Johnson’s early resignation will trigger an appointment process, as the council will have 20 days to select a temporary replacement. That person will serve until the results of November’s election are certified, at which time the winner of the race for Johnson’s District 4 seat will immediately take office