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July 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Ed Murray touts gay-marriage law in first TV ad

State Sen. Ed Murray is launching his first TV ad of the mayoral race — a positive biographical sketch of his career as a legislator.

Opening with a shots of President John F. Kennedy, Murray says his parents were inspired by Kennedy and with the idea they could make a difference. “When I realized I was gay, I thought I would never have that chance,” Murray says. “But Seattle is a special place.”

Murray briefly recounts his 18 years in the Legislature and his efforts to fund transit and education, and his authoring of the state’s gay marriage law. “Seattle can do better. Join me and we will live up to our progressive values together,” he says.

The ad closes with a shot of Murray walking with his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki.

Murray’s ad starts Wednesday on cable, with an initial one-week buy of $26,000, according to his campaign.

Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilmember Bruce Harrell have their own ads already running on cable.

And businessman Charlie Staadecker is out with some lighthearted web videos portraying himself as the mayoral race version of Dos Equis’ “most interesting man in the world.”

Murray’s ad:

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