King County Sheriff John Urquhart today endorsed State Sen. Ed Murray for Seattle Mayor, saying Murray will address Seattle’s public safety issues.
“We need an effective mayor who will act to address the very real public safety challenges Seattle faces, and I believe Ed Murray will be that mayor,” Urquhart said in a statement released by the Murray campaign.
Contacted by phone, Urquhart declined to comment about Mayor Mike McGinn, who is seeking reelection, or the job he’s done on public safety. But he did say about Murray, “There has to be a mix between enforcement and social services. He has the right mix.”
Urquhart shook up a Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee hearing earlier this month when he said his wife was afraid to come to the King County Courthouse to meet him because she no longer feels safe in the area. The hearing was on Mayor Mike McGinn’s Center City Initiative and the problem of crime and disorder downtown. McGinn has said frequently on the campaign trail that violent crime is at a 30-year low in the city.