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Election Night Results Are In

Nice Leads Opponent 57.70% to 42.11% on Election Night

Following a busy and often intense campaign season, King County Elections has released the early results of the Nov. 2 general election.

In the three races for Mercer Island City Council positions, Salim Nice, Ted Weinberg and Lisa Anderl lead the way at press time after the first round of results rolled in at 8:15 p.m.

For Position 2, Nice (3,116 votes, 57.70%) leads Daniel Becker (2,274, 42.11%); for Position 4, Weinberg (2,960, 54.63%) leads Michael D. Curry (2,455, 45.31%); and for Position 6, Anderl (3,004, 55.17%) leads Kate Akyuz (2,438, 44.78%).

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Candidates Weigh in on Sustainability

Nice Talks Climate Action Plan

Nice gave the plan a nod of approval and discussed his history in supporting the plan: “I lobbied for and received the support of the Sustainability Committee to recommend to the full Council additional consultant support to deliver a draft Climate Action Plan for public engagement beginning in the spring of 2022. The CAP will be the organizing document for sustainability-related initiatives moving forward, which will bring much-needed structure to Mercer Island’s sustainability efforts.”

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Mercer Island Reporter, Becker versus Nice

Salim Nice answers Mercer Island Reporters Questions on Upcoming Election Issues

“I voted for increasing diversity within our police and fire departments, adding Asian, Latino, Black, and female police officers and, for the first time, a female firefighter to our ranks this year.

I voted to launch a pilot project equipping three Mercer Island police patrol vehicles with automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology to increase officer safety and aid in the identification of missing persons, stolen vehicles, and persons with warrants.

I proposed, and the council approved in a 7-0 vote, the modest conversion of the former Tully’s Coffee building into a Town Center police precinct in 2022. A MIPD precinct staffed with volunteers will hub officers and their equipment steps away from the new transit station.

I support and voted for Ordinance 21C-02, which protects our parks, open spaces, and rights-of-ways and connects people experiencing homelessness to the critical services and shelters they need, none of which are available in Mercer Island.

I will continue to work with our police chief, firefighters, and public safety staff to identify and resource additional tools necessary to ensure the levels of public safety Islanders expect.

When an emergency happens, we must have an immediate, local response. This is a non-negotiable priority for me, and I know our community shares this value.” said Nice, in response to questions posed by, Andy Nystrom of the Mercer Island Reporter on October 5, 2021.

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Mercer Island Reporter Letters to the Editor

Mercer Island candidate letters | Election 2021

“Salim heard citizen concerns about public safety, and strongly supported policies that devoted resources to MIPD. Salim conducts himself with the highest ethical standards, and has led the council to improve ethics, transparency, and accountability in all city government…” said Ryan Rahlfs, Mercer Island, in a letter published in Mercer Island Reporter on October 4, 2021.

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City Council to Partner with Area Shelters

Anderl and Nice Propose Funding Partnership with Area Shelters

“Councilmembers Lisa Anderl and Salim Nice led a discussion in requesting an appropriation of about $20,000 to go toward the city’s potential work with The Sophia Way and Congregations for the Homeless, and council hopes that city staff can present this passage as an agenda bill at an upcoming meeting.” reported, Andy Nystrom of the Mercer Island Reporter on September 8, 2021.

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M4SMI Letter

M4SMI Letter

M4SMI wrote a letter to the editor published in this week’s edition of the Mercer Island Reporter. M4SMI wrote this to share with fellow Islanders the reasons why Councilmember Nice’s reelection is so important to our city and its residents. M4SMI wrote, “We have worked hard on many public safety and accessibility issues on the island, and having council members who are aligned with our mission is imperative to making good policy.

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Development

Development

Development decisions are permanent.  Decisions made in the next four years will determine answers for the next generation of Islanders.   There has never been a more important time to have someone on the City Council who is personally invested in the future of our Community. 

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Strong Community Engagement

Strong Community Engagement

Congratulations to the Uhlers!

Salim nominated them, and the Council agreed, to honor David and Kendra as Mercer Island Citizens of the Year for their tireless efforts helping Islanders through the Pandemic. Together, the Uhlers have volunteered more than 500 hours during the Pandemic.

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Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Salim commits to being a strong steward of our community resources for future generations.

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High Ethical Standards

High Ethical Standards

Ethics Matter. Particularly, voters should expect transparency and ethical behavior from their elected officials.  Salim is committed to both. The current MERCER ISLAND ethics code was tested recently when a member of the Planning Commission took consulting fees from a large developer of an Island project, and it came up short as legally enforceable. Our Ethics Code needs to be strengthened, especially it needs to be clarified. Accusations of unethical behavior by anyone serving in an official capacity are unnecessary distractions from the important business of the City. Salim supports the necessary revisions to finally put a transparent and enforceable Ethics Code in place.