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.”
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.