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July 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

McGinn makes personal TV ad appeal before primary

With less than a week to go before primary ballots are due, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is making one last televised pitch to voters.

In an ad airing on cable TV, McGinn looks directly into the camera and addresses Seattle voters — unlike his previous spots in which other people spoke for him.

Speaking in gentle tones, McGinn starts off the minute-long ad with a nod to his reputation as someone who has clashed with other civic leaders.

“I have to admit when I came into office four years ago, I wanted to change everything all at once, and I’ve had to learn how to be mayor,” he says.

McGinn says the race isn’t about style, but substance, and lists off ways in which Seattle is doing well: a fast growing economy and low crime rate. He cites his work fighting coal trains and and his order to divest the city from fossil fuel-related investments.

“I ran for office four years ago because I care about the same things you care about, and I want to make a difference on those things, and that’s why I’m running again. We’ve made progress and we’ve got a lot further to go, but I want to work with you to build that Seattle we believe in, and I’d love your vote.”

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