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September 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Mayor Mike McGinn hits 30 percent glass ceiling in latest poll

Mayor Mike McGinn

Mayor Mike McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s electoral speedometer is stuck in the 30s.

He took 30 percent of the vote in the first head-to-head poll (a KING-5/SurveyUSA poll released Monday) with mayoral challenger Ed Murray, who had 52 percent. It’s also remarkably similar to McGinn’s approval ratings in poll after poll since 2011. On a quick read, I’ve seen his approval ratings in various polls at:

  • 28 percent (March 2011)
  • 33 percent (February 2012)
  • 32 percent (May 2012)
  • before twice edging up to 37 percent (March and May, 2013).
Sen. Ed Murray

State Sen. Ed Murray

The trend line is useful because any one poll, especially early in a municipal election, should be read cautiously. I don’t expect McGinn to remain stuck at 30 percent against Murray. Nor does Murray, whose spokesperson, Sandeep Kaushik wrote in an emailed statement:

While it is great to see numbers like this, and while we do think that Seattle voters are responding positively to Ed’s message of providing effective, collaborative, progressive leadership (as opposed to the current divisive approach from Mayor McGinn), we also anticipate the race to be significantly closer than these numbers would indicate.

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August 2, 2013 at 6:13 AM

The need to address homelessness in the Seattle mayor’s race

Editor’s note: Osa Hale, a Western Washington University student, is an opinion intern this quarter.

I live in the University district. Every morning, on my walk to the bus stop, I encounter a few different types of people. There’s the neighbor walking the dog and taking out the trash; there are the morning joggers, and there are the people sleeping under the awning of the University Christian Church and lining up for the food bank.

There are more than 8,800 people known to be homeless in King County, according to the 2012 One Night Count, a point-in-time census conducted by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Nearly one-third of these people are minors, and at least 400 of them are young adults.

The next Seattle mayor has the responsibility of finding the most cost-effective and thorough way to help these people. The candidates had a few things to say about that task. Everyone made it clear how complex the issue is. But it isn’t enough to talk about why it is so hard to fix this problem. Comprehensive actions need to be taken.

Sen. Ed Murray

State Sen. Ed Murray

For example, state Sen. Ed Murray emphasized the importance of getting people into housing that meets their needs, whether that is a short-term home to get them back on their feet, or a facility that could care for individuals living with mental illness. Murray mentioned the State Housing Trust Fund, saying it was a program he has helped push money into in an effort to help the homeless. The fund has put nearly $1 billion dollars into housing projects since 1987. If elected mayor, Murray said, he would try to create a partnership that would connect the fund with the private sector and nonprofits.

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July 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Chat rewind: Who should be Seattle’s next mayor?

The Seattle Times editorial board has grilled eight Seattle mayor candidates (Hello, Doug McQuaid, are you out there?). Now we want to hear from you, before we decide which one to recommend to voters. What experience and skills you want in a mayor? What needs fixing in Seattle? Who has the best plan? What are they not…

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June 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Questions for Mayor Mike McGinn and his challengers? Share them with us

WILLIAM BOWEN / OP ART Sure, it’s summer and the last thing you want to do is think about politics. But it’s time again to do your civic duty. Campaign season is in full swing with a full slate of candidates challenging incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and incumbents in other races drawing worthy challengers. Last week,…

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June 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

What was Seattle mayor candidate Peter Steinbreuck thinking?

Asked to perform a reading of an influential book, Seattle mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck made the unusual pick of The Conjure Woman, the 1899 story collection by African-American writer Charles Chestnutt about race relations in South post-Civil War. Strangely, Steinbrueck chose to read it in dialect, making him sound like Chris Rock impersonating a white Seattle…

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