Amina Ahmed sworn in to Council; Dave’s Diner recognized by city

By Jack Mayne

A new member of the SeaTac City Council was sworn into office at the city’s Oct. 23 City Council meeting, along with a goodbye to the locally famed Dave’s Diner.

Photo courtesy Tina Orwall.

Ahmed new Councilmember
Municipal Court Judge Robert Hamilton gave the oath of office to Amina Ahmed, selected to fill in the term of recently resigned Mayor Michael Siefkes. Ahmed will serve in an unelected role until the Nov., 2019 election when either she or another candidate will be elected by the citizens of the city to a full four-year term.

Mayor Erin Sitterley, after Ahmed’s swearing in, escorted her to her Council position, between Deputy Mayor Clyde Hill and Councilmember Pam Fernald.

Lois Schipper, who is running for the State Senate in the 34th District that includes Burien, West Seattle, White Center, and Vashon Island (not SeaTac), congratulated the Council for appointing Councilmember Ahmed, noting “she will bring a wealth and knowledge to councilmembers.”

Several others also congratulated the Council on Ahmed’s appointment, some on behalf of the Somali community who reside in the city and some who support retention by the city of the disputed international marketplace where many Somalis have small businesses. One person said the community has waited for representation on the Council but it should be noted that no Somali U.S. citizen has ever run for a SeaTac Council seat.

Dave Sousa, retiring owner of Dave’s Diner.

‘50s diner gone – for now?
The Council also made a presentation to David Sousa, owner of longtime and revered SeaTac restaurant Dave’s Diner, who is closing the establishment and retiring.

“I have lived in SeaTac for over 30 years and Dave has always been a part of my life, and now he is not,” Mayor Sitterley said. “He’s retiring and his restaurant is no longer open.”

She read a city proclamation that said Oct. 23 was “Dave’s Diner Day,” after Sousa opened his restaurant in 1982, nearly a decade before the city was established, and in 1996 he opened “Dave’s Diner and Brew, which offers 1950s style home cooking … that was a community gathering spot.”

“The community has touched me in a way that overwhelmed me,” said Sousa. “I am planning on doing a lot of things in the community, volunteering. This is a great city, great people and I want to thank everybody for all their support.”

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