State Sen. Ed Murray notched a sole endorsement for his mayoral bid from the 34th District Democrats in West Seattle Wednesday night, beating out Mayor Mike McGinn after two rounds of voting.
A first round of balloting saw McGinn and Murray rise to the top of the field, ahead of the other mayoral candidates who showed up to compete — Councilmember Bruce Harrell, former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck and Greenwood planner and activist Kate Martin. (Noticeably absent was businessman Charlie Staadecker.)
In a runoff with the mayor, Murray easily secured the endorsement, taking 71 percent of the vote to McGinn’s 29 percent. While you can’t read too much into any single endorsement, the win was good news for Murray as it showed his strength beyond the 43rd Legislative District he has represented for years.
Murray said he’d be a “collaborative” leader to get more done for the city on transportation, police reform and other issues — echoing a repeated theme in the race for McGinn’s challengers who accuse him of being overly combative. “I want to show the state how liberals work together to get things done,” he said.
Murray also noted his endorsements from 34th District lawmakers, including state Sen. Sharon Nelson and state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon.
The Fitzgibbon endorsement apparently peeved McGinn, who confronted him briefly as he passed by. “Joe you told me you were going to stay out,” McGinn said.
Fitzgibbon sounded apologetic as he leaned over McGinn and told him he had decided to endorse Murray in the primary after all. He added that he doesn’t live in the city so he can’t vote in the race.
After the meeting, McGinn said Fitzgibbon had assured him earlier he was staying neutral in the mayoral primary. “I just called him out on it right there,” McGinn said, noting “he’s not the first person who has done that to me.”