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July 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Harrell flier arrives along with ballots

A glossy, four-page flier for Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell arrived in mailboxes Wednesday, timed to coincide with the arrival of primary ballots. The flier opens with a picture of Harrell, looking confident in a pink polo shirt against an iconic  background of evergreens and water.

It takes immediate aim at Mayor Mike McGinn without naming him: “Our current mayor has failed and fractured this city. Seattle needs a new mayor who they can trust.” It also hits on Harrell’s central campaign theme — an echo of candidate Obama — that he is the one contender who can bridge the racial and economic divides and build “One Seattle.”

The flier is also timely in its highlighting of Harrell’s work to improve women’s pay and equity in the workplace, an issue that flared up this week with the release of a report that found men making 9.5 percent more than women in city employment and less represented in the highest pay classifications.

The Harrell campaign is hoping to make up ground on rivals McGinn, Steinbrueck and Ed Murray, all of whom were polling better in a KING 5 survey released Thursday.

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