A Little Bit About Nick

Nick Licata is from a working-class family, where neither parent graduated from high school. Licata, who couldn’t read until the age of nine, was the first of his relatives to attend college.

He led the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Bowling Green State University and subsequently was elected student body president. He became a Seattle City Councilmember despite being significantly outspent, with the majority of the council, the mayor, and both daily newspapers supporting his opponent. He was elected to five terms to the council and became its president.

In 2012 he was named by The Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year and twice named Best Local Politician by the Seattle Weekly.  He was an acknowledged leader in passing Paid Sick & Safe Leave, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and legalizing marijuana.

He initiated the founding of Local Progress; the national municipal policy network and served as its first chairman. In 2003, Licata authored the children’s novel, “Princess Bianca and the Vandals”.

Identifying a Winnable Southern State Strategy in 2019

Written By: Nick Licata What does a win look like? Seeing a win depends on who’s looking at it. I take the viewpoint of a Pragmatic...

The Wall, The Democrats and The Art of Negotiating

Originally Published Jan. 9 on Medium by Nick Licata The first rule of successful negotiating is to do so from a position of strength. If you are...

Book Review of Generation Priced Out

Posted 12/5/2018 Book Review by Nick Licata   Cities with significant economic growth are seeing an increase in homelessness and working families pushed out of town. Seattle...

Keynote Address to the Seattle Real Change Newspaper

Originally Published September 24, 2018 Urban Politics - USA By Nick Licata Below is my keynote address to the Seattle Real Change newspaper, published by those who...

Convictions Will Not Alter Trump’s Reality

Originally Posted on 8/23/18 By Nick Licata   Convictions Will Not Alter Trump's Reality             To understand President Trump, one must take him at his word, when he said,...

The Campaign for Abolishing ICE – Is it a Winnable Strategy?

Originally Posted on 7/12/18 By Nick Licata    The Campaign for Abolishing ICE – Is it a Winnable Strategy?      What does a win look like...

I am a Trump Addict – And so are Others

Originally Published - 5/28/18 By Nick Licata   Dear Urban Politics Reader, The political environment in many of our cities, large and small, has been impacted by President Trump...

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Originally Published March 23, 2018  UP – USA – Netflix Series on Rajneeshpuram By Nick Licata The Strange Tale of a Paradise Lost             This month, March 2018, Netflix...

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