State Senator Ed Murray made the most of his first week and a half in the 2013 Seattle Mayor’s race by raising more than $100,000 in nine days. Of his $122,000 total, $15,643 was surplus campaign money transferred from his Legislative account.
Murray announced an exploratory campaign for mayor Dec. 5. Murray had to hurry up and raise as much money as he could before a fundraising freeze that began Saturday at midnight and lasts through the end of the state Legislative session.
His big haul puts him out in front of the other three who have announced as candidates in the race. Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn has reported $95,000.
Murray put out a statement this morning, saying: “The overwhelming surge of support over the last few days from across Seattle has exceeded even my wildest expectations, and proves that the people of this city want a mayor who has a track record of experienced leadership and who knows how to unite this diverse city behind a common vision.”
Besides McGinn, City Council member Tim Burgess and commercial real estate agent Charlie Staadecker also are in the race so far.