Paul Andrews

Seattle mayor’s new communications head is a cyclist

In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycling, Obama Bikes on December 27, 2009 at 2:07 am

A friend and former colleague at The Seattle Times, Mark Matassa, was recently named new Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s director of communications.

Numerous articles on his new appointment cited Mark’s many accomplishments and qualifications. However, none noted what we consider to be a salient, if not the crowning, characteristic of his long personal resume.

That’s right. He’s a cyclist.

We are not sure where the “C” word appears on Mayor McGinn’s checklist of qualifications for new appointments. But we hope it’s pretty high. After all, if Mike is out there riding to press conferences on his bike, he’s got to have a staff that can keep up with him!

Congrats Mark and all the best in your new calling.

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