As expected, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin won't face a recall challenge at the ballot, a King County Superior Court judge ruled this afternoon. So, at City Hall, there was much rejoicing.

“I recognize that my constituents may not agree with my actions on a particular issue," Conlin said in a written statement dispatched from a tunnel boring machine. "Indeed, disagreement is one of the hallmarks of a robust democracy. However, disagreement over a policy issue is not grounds for removal from office."

The recall, brought by anti-tunnel activist Elizabeth Campbell, would have required proving Conlin committed malfeasance or an illegal act.

With goats at his side, Conlin added that he will continue to serve "with humility and integrity."