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May 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Mayoral candidates have money, bow ties

Peter Steinbrueck in his college years, in his bow tie.

Peter Steinbrueck in his college years, in his bow tie.

With filing week for Seattle’s 2013 mayoral election finally upon us, the candidates would like to have your attention, please:

First, state Sen. Ed Murray would like to announce he can raise money in a hurry. Barred from raising campaign funds while the Legislature is in session, Murray took advantage of the two weeks between the main and special sessions to bring in more than $103,000, making his total $220,000. Murray still hasn’t raised quite as much as City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who has pulled together about $232,000.

In fundraising, for the most part, all the major candidates are raising (and spending) a lot of money. Mayor Mike McGinn is putting a bigger emphasis on money than he did in 2009, when he ran a famously cheap campaign. He has raised $181,000 for his re-election.

Council member Bruce Harrell, who has raised $112,000, announced this morning that he has been inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame in honor of his years as a University of Washington linebacker. The distinction, a campaign press release said, makes Harrell “a leader on the football field, a leader in the community and a leader who will fight for all of us.”

Charlie Staadecker, in his bow tie.

Charlie Staadecker, in his bow tie.

Meanwhile, former council member Peter Steinbrueck, who is lagging behind in fundraising, with $62,000, posted a photo of himself on Facebook from his college years. The photo features a wavy haircut and a bow tie. Outsider candidate Charlie Staadecker found that hilarious, since he is the bow-tie candidate.
“Bow ties are catching on!” Staadecker exclaimed. “Staadecker even appeals to his fellow candidate colleagues!”

Staadecker has raised $152,000, branding his campaign with the bow ties he favors (“They just give you a bounce in your step.”) and bringing a non-political voice to the race.

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