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Gordon Stanley Clinton defeated incumbent Mayor Allen Pomeroy in a close election in 1956 and subsequently served two terms as Mayor of Seattle, from 1956 to 1964. Upon taking office, Clinton established the Metropolitan Problems Advisory Committee, headed by local community leader John Ellis, to suggest approaches to dealing with chronic local and regional problems. During his administration, Clinton tackled issues as divergent as regional governance, international trade, and discrimination in housing.
Clinton actively supported development of enabling legislation used by the State Legislature to allow creation of regional governments, leading to the formation of the Metropolitan Municipality of Seattle (Metro) in 1958. Clinton also initiated Seattle's sister-city program in 1956, supported the development of the current Seattle Center site for the World's Fair in 1962, and fought illegal gambling in Seattle.
In 1963, Clinton created the 12-member Seattle Human Rights Commission to promote equality and understanding among Seattle residents; the Commission investigated and made recommendations regarding discrimination based on race, religion, and national origin. The Commission was also charged with drafting an open housing ordinance which was referred to the voters in 1964; it was overwhelmingly defeated (the City Council passed an open housing ordinance in 1968).
Two scrapbooks containing materials relating to Clinton's mayoral races in 1956 and 1960. Includes newspaper clippings, campaign mailings and brochures, photographs, and advertisements. Each scrapbook is described more fully below.
[Item and date], Mayor Gordon Clinton Election Scrapbooks, Record Series 5219-05. Volume [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Clinton Opposition Campaigns
Contains clippings and advertising about Clinton's opponents in the 1956 election, including William Goodloe, Bob Odman, and incumbent mayor Allan Pomeroy. Includes advertisements, newspaper articles, campaign brochures, and mailings. Appears to have been compiled by the Honig-Cooper advertising firm.
Mainly materials from Clinton's 1960 reelection campaign, including fact sheets, mailings, photographs, advertisements, television ad scripts, and newspaper clippings. Also contains some material about opponents Gordon Newell and Bob Odman.