James Donaldson, a former Washington State Cougar men's basketball stand out and NBA player has announced his candidacy for Seattle mayor. Seattle's current mayor, Jenny Durkan has already announced that she will not run for a second term.
The 7 foot Donaldson was a towering presence on campus at WSU when I attended in the mid-late 1970s. Donaldson went on to be drafted by the Seattle Super Sonics where he played three seasons to begin a 16 year NBA career. He later would run a physical therapy business in the Seattle area.
In recent years, Donaldson has become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.
This will be Donaldson's second run for the position. He previously ran in 2009.