After several days of ballot counting, Dan Strauss has won the Seattle City Council District 6 seat to represent Ballard.
The final results showed Strauss received 55.44 percent of the vote, and Heidi Wills, 44.05 percent.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent our community,” Strauss wrote in an announcement on social media on Friday. “The people of Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Greenwood, and Fremont make these communities unique and have shaped me into the person I am today.”
Strauss has spent much of his life in Ballard — he grew up in the neighborhood and attended Whitman Middle School. He studied political science at Whittier College in California, and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.
After earning his Masters, he returned to Seattle and began working as a legislative assistant to Senator David Frockt. He’s been active in gun control legislation, and worked with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to pass the Extreme Risk Protection Order in 2016. He currently works as Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw’s senior policy advisor on transportation, planning, land use, zoning, economic development, and utility policy.
“Our campaign has been about creating a sustainable, equitable, and affordable city that works for everyone, whether you’ve been here one year or forty,” Strauss wrote in his announcement. “This will be my priority as a Councilmember; creating bold solutions at the scale of the problems we are seeking to address.”