Defiant on election night, mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck this morning said he had called the top two finishers State Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn to congratulate them on winning the primary election.
Steinbrueck said he hadn’t conceded, but would make an announcement this afternoon after another vote count is released. The former city councilmember trailed with 16 percent of the initial vote count Tuesday to Murray’s 30 percent and McGinn’s 27 percent. At his primary night party, Steinbrueck said the race wasn’t over, but today he said it was a new day and he was striking out in a new direction.
“I’m still committed to this city. I gave it my best shot,” Steinbrueck said.
Fifth-place finisher Charlie Staadecker also congratulated Murray and McGinn and said he ran the race he wanted to win and was proud that he had “gotten up from the couch” to compete.
“I have run a strong race, never lost my moral compass or integrity, answered questions honestly and never tailored my answers to the particular crowd in the room … I leave with no
regrets. My biggest regret would have been not to have run at all,” Staadecker said in a statement.