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June 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Ed Murray lands endorsements from business and environmental groups

State Sen. Ed Murray grabbed two key endorsements Wednesday for his mayoral campaign.

Washington Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental group, lauded Murray’s 94 percent voting record on its scorecard during his time in the Legislature. Brendon Cechovic, WCV’s executive director, said Murray’s “proven leadership skills” set him apart in a field of generally green candidates. (WCV did not endorse anyone in the 2009 mayor’s race, and Murray needed a two-thirds vote of group’s King County chapter to nail down the sole endorsement.)

WCV’s endorsement does not mean the environmental community is united in the race. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who has led the fight against coal trains in the state, has the endorsement of the Sierra Club and prominent environmentalists including Bill McKibben.

Murray also received the sole endorsement of the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE) — the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

In a statement, Chamber CEO Maud Daudon said Murray was endorsed for his commitment to “fair and predictable regulation” and ability to “bring together broad bipartisan coalitions around complex and groundbreaking issues, from transportation to marriage equality.”

While it’s unwise to make too much of single endorsement, it is significant that Murray was able to receive sole nods from the business and environmental organizations in the relatively crowded field of mayoral candidates. And it’s another sign that significant parts of Seattle’s power structure may be coalescing behind Murray as the Aug. 6 primary approaches.

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