State Senator Ed Murray, who declared his candidacy for Seattle mayor in December, announced Thursday that he is indeed running.
“I am running for mayor,” said Murray in a press release.
To be fair, Murray’s initial announcement was qualified by his inability to actively campaign or raise money while the Legislature is in session. He described his candidacy as “exploratory,” but went on to raise almost $120,000 for the mayor’s race in the nine days before the session began.
Since then, he also has picked up an endorsement for mayor from the national Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization for LGBT Americans. The only other local candidate to with the group’s endorsement this year is Christine Quinn, the openly gay candidate for New York City mayor.
Murray Wednesday also said he is hiring Maggie Thompson as his campaign manager. Thompson oversaw the Seattle citywide organizing for the successful state referendum to legalize gay marriage. She previously worked on the campaign to oppose liquor privatization in the state.