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Councilmember Salim Nice Announces Re-Election Campaign

 

Salim brings a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the city’s budget and I admire his strategic and analytical approach to problem-solving issues facing the Island.

Endorsed by Mercer Island Mayor, Benson Wong

 

I’ve enjoyed working with Salim on the Council the past two years. His depth of knowledge of the City’s finances and operations has been invaluable in this unprecedented time. I look forward to continuing to serve with him in the future.

Endorsed by Mercer Island Councilmember, David Rosenbaum

 

Mercer Island has benefitted from Salim’s unique ability to understand the complex issues we face and his unwavering commitment to sound, data-driven public policy decisions. His thoughtful, collaborative leadership on our city council will be needed more than ever in the years ahead.

Endorsed by Deputy Mayor, Wendy Weiker

 

Salim brought a valuable new perspective to the island, which helped us drive priorities within the City. He delivered tremendous value by adding an element of serious analysis to some of the most difficult issues we have faced in decades. I appreciate that Salim is willing to help the City navigate out of its tough financial position and into a brighter future.

Endorsed by Mercer Island Councilmember, Jeff Sanderson (Fmr.)

 

I look forward to continuing to work alongside Councilmember Nice to address the many and complex issues which continually arise to challenge our City. The range and depth of his knowledge of the City’s operations and finances and the calm, selfless and reasoned leadership he continuously provides are the paradigm of public service.

Endorsed by Mercer Island Councilmember, Jake Jacobson

 

Salim has been an outstanding addition to the Council by bringing a data-driven and principled approach to the significant issues that we have had over the past several years. Without Salim’s remarkable financial acumen and strategy, we would have likely been in a much more difficult place.

Endorsed by Mercer Island Councilmember, David Wisenteiner (Fmr.)

 

I have the utmost respect for Salim’s work ethic, his dedication to the well-being of Mercer Island, and his thoughtful approach to the issues the City faces. Salim is a proven problem solver. His experience and understanding of the critical issues and his leadership are essential to this community.

Endorsed by Councilmember, Lisa Anderl

We so need to re-elect Councilman Nice as he has proven to do his homework, understands and articulates well the issues, and highly values Our Island.  Join me in voting for Salim Nice!

Endorsed by Fran Call, Founder Solemates and 2012 Citizen of the Year

I confidently endorse re-electing Salim Nice to the Mercer Island City Council, Position 2.  In his time as a council member, I’ve witnessed first hand how Salim is able to understand and translate the concerns of our community into thoughtful and effective policies that benefit us all.  We are lucky to have him working on our behalf.

Endorsed by John Liechty, MIHS Class of 1990

Councilmember Salim Nice is dedicated to preserving the safe, small-town feel of Mercer Island, while also using his business experience to ensure that Mercer Island manages limited resources in a transparent and accountable way. We enthusiastically endorse his re-election so that MI remains a great place to raise a family.

Endorsed by Tim and Lori Punke

Councilmember Nice is an asset to our community – his tireless efforts have ensured that our parks, schools and community are safe, and that MIYFS has remained supported throughout one of the most challenging years our City has ever faced. Re-electing Salim Nice is critical in keeping Mercer Island a wonderful place to live for families.

Endorsed by Deborah Cragen Larsen

Salim will look out for the well-being of our community, our schools, and our residents. Salim also attended Mercer Island schools.  Decades later, Salim has a unique perspective and ability to see the island as a student, a son, an adult, and now as a husband and father.  I trust Salim to make the best decision for the good of all Islanders. He cares about the island today, and he cares about our island tomorrow.

Endorsed by Rob Potashnick, MIHS Class of 1992

I would like to endorse Salim Nice for re-election to our MI city council. He has great integrity and he been proven to be a council member who has MI best interests in mind. Please re-elect Salim he will help MI to thrive and our community deserves a council member like Salim to keep a watchful eye out in protecting our wonderful community and island for the future.

Endorsed by George Richter

Salim’s passion for Mercer Island motivates his sound and principled leadership on the council.  I voted for him in 2018 to lead us through some of the toughest challenges we face.  Salim’s experience on issues such as transportation, zoning, and budgets will continue to serve our community and that is why he has earned my vote again.

Endorsed by Ryan Rahlfs

 

I have had the great pleasure of working with Salim on the Mercer Island Arts Council and am happy to vote for him in this next election. As City Council liaison to the Arts Council, Salim has been a fervent supporter of our island arts community and an instrumental driver of programs and policies that aim to better our community through arts and culture. He is an asset to our community – I support Salim!

Endorsed by Mercer Island Arts Council Chair, Erin Vivion (Fmr.)

I confidently endorse re-electing Salim Nice to the Mercer Island City Council, Position 2. In his time as a council member, I’ve witnessed firsthand how Salim is able to understand and translate the concerns of our community into thoughtful and effective policies that benefit us all. We are lucky to have him working on our behalf.

Endorsed by John Liechty, MIHS Class of 1990

Councilmember Nice is an asset to our community – his tireless efforts have ensured that our parks, schools and community are safe, and that MIYFS has remained supported throughout one of the most challenging years our City has ever faced. Re-electing Salim Nice is critical in keeping Mercer Island a wonderful place to live for families.

Endorsed by Deborah Cragen Larsen

Councilmember Salim Nice is dedicated to preserving the safe, small-town feel of Mercer Island, while also using his business experience to ensure that Mercer Island manages limited resources in a transparent and accountable way. We enthusiastically endorse his re-election so that MI remains a great place to raise a family.

Endorsed by Tim and Lori Punke

Salim’s passion for Mercer Island motivates his sound and principled leadership on the council. I voted for him in 2018 to lead us through some of the toughest challenges we face. Salim’s experience on issues such as transportation, zoning, and budgets will continue to serve our community and that is why he has earned my vote again.

Endorsed by Ryan Rahlfs

Thank you—you did it!

This evening, Monday, November 8th, we can declare victory in the Mercer Island City Council, Position 2 race. With almost 10,000 Islanders registering their voices at the ballot box, the majority favor my continued representation on the council. I'm humbled and honored to have received your vote and continue as your Councilmember.

I thanked Daniel Becker for running for City Council and running a positive campaign that allowed voters to focus on our positions.

I look forward to collaborating with all candidates, the future council, and our community as I begin my third term. There is much work to be done, and the Island benefits from a diverse set of perspectives.

As your Councilmember, I will continue my commitment to:

Again, I want to thank all Island voters for participating and, in particular, all of my supporters, volunteers, and voters who supported my re-election. 

Salim Nice


Re-Elect a Proven Leader - Proven Results

My re-election is important if you believe that our community can live, work, and play right here on Mercer Island for many generations to come. Most importantly, I will continue to rely on my core values to guide decisions moving forward.

I have strengthened Public Safety by investing in the three pillars: Police, Fire & EMT, and Mercer Island Youth Family Services (MIYFS). In the last twelve months, we have: (1) Installed automated License Plate Readers to protect our police force and community, (2) Funded a modest Town Center Police precinct at the former Tully’s building which will open in 2022, (3) Ensured that the Mercer Island Fire & EMT response time remains among the region’s best, and (4) Fully funded counselors (Geriatric and School-Based) through 2022, along with all other MIYFS Programs.

I have supported investments in Sustainability through a comprehensive set of objectives that included fiscal stewardship of our resources, creating a vibrant town center to minimize off-island trips, and a commitment to adopt a Climate Action Plan.

The last eighteen months have seen us (1) Emerging from a pandemic with a stronger balance sheet, (2) Introducing senior and immune-compromised shopping hours throughout the pandemic, (3) Creating retail opportunities to reduce the off-island trips, (4) Enacting emergency ordinances to allow outdoor dining and (5) Promoting green rooftop solar throughout Mercer Island.

I have always believed that Park Preservation, which includes preserving our open spaces and investing in our active use spaces, is a primary community expectation. Examples of park projects I have supported include: (1) Rebuilding the Mercerdale Train Park into an inclusive and accessible playground for all kids, (2) Restoring many of the Mercer Island Community Event Center Recreational Programs, as many as county and Washington State Law will allow, (3) Restoring the Luther Burbank shoreline and failing docks. In addition, I am committed to finding ways to grow our parks system again. We purchased a prime corner parcel that will become a small Urban Park Plaza next year.

I love Mercer Island and our community. This is why I made my campaign statement: Live, Work, Play! It is what most of us did in Mercer Island as the pandemic raged. I have heard about so many Islanders who share experiences of finding a new park or playground, shopping for their personal needs on the island, and appreciating the many intangibles our community offers.

I have a proven voting record, the support of five of my councilmember colleagues, and a history of achieving the results that Islanders want.

I humbly ask for your vote in my re-election to the Mercer Island City Council, Position 2.


Councilmember Salim Nice Announces Re-Election Campaign

Salim Nice, City Councilmember, former Deputy Mayor & long-time resident of Mercer Island, is seeking re-election of his current Council Position, Number 2, on the Mercer Island City Council.

During his time on the Council, Salim focused on solutions. Ensuring the City maintained a balanced and sustainable budget, remained focused on critical social services such as those provided by the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS), and preservation of Mercer Island’s residential character. 

These achievements were possible because of the collaborative efforts of the community, Council, and City Manager along with her Leadership Team.

With the full support of his family and friends, Nice is running for re-election with the experience of how to accomplish meaningful goals amid tough conditions, and an understanding of what challenges lie ahead. Salim will provide the necessary continuity, stability and advancement of our community’s priorities.


Salim Nice Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

Nice elaborated on what a second term might include: “I am running for re-election with the experience and understanding of what the city and its residents have endured over the past several years due to the budget crisis and the pandemic. As an experienced City Council member, I support programs and services that will bring Islanders together. We will continue to stabilize the government and advance our community’s priorities.”