Although he only served 2 four year terms compared to successor Charles Royer's 3 terms as Seattle Mayor, Wes Uhlman may be Seattle's leader. Like every mayor after him, he was able to navigate some very choppy waters in during his terms, yet, unlike many of his successor's he seemed to always come through unscathed.
One of my earliest political heroes, I have blogged about Uhlman several times. I think Uhlman played a big part in establishing Seattle's image as an upbeat progressive town. When elected, he was the first Democratic Seattle mayor in three decades, that's a little hard to believe, in today's Seattle where Liberals seems Conservative and is widely viewed as a one party town.
Uhlman's last run for public office was in 1976, when he sought the Democratic nomination for Governor of Washington. He was upset in the primary by Dixie Lee Ray, who would go on to win the election.
I found an extensive profile on the Washington Secretary of State Website of Ulman's tenure as Seattle mayor, you can find it by clicking here.