A Facebook message confirms what many around Seattle politics already knew: Peter Steinbrueck is planning to run for Seattle mayor in 2013.
Justin Simmons sent a Facebook message Tuesday morning to people who had signed up on the People for Peter Steinbrueck Facebook page.
“I wanted to let you know, in confidence for now (please), that Peter will be running for Mayor of Seattle, and that I will be managing his campaign.”
The message doesn’t say when Steinbrueck will announce his candidacy, but asks for supporters to lend their names as early endorsers by the end of today.
“Peter has been a friend for many years and I believe wholeheartedly in his vision, courage and talent as a leader,” said Simmons, president of the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle.
“He will be the most progressive candidate in the race, the candidate with the most civic leadership experience, the only candidate with real urban planning expertise, and the candidate who I believe will generate the broadest base of support in the neighborhoods and in the social justice, environmental and labor communities,” Simmons said.
Seattle City councilmember Tim Burgess, state Sen. Ed Murray, Seattle real estate broker Charlie Staadecker and neighborhood activist Kate Martin have all said they will challenge Mayor Mike McGinn.