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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

March 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Former Mayor McGinn fixing his bike, joining charity board

Former Mayor Mike McGinn is having a problem with the front disc brake on his bike, but otherwise, he is enjoying life outside the public eye, he said today.

He will announce this week he is joining the board of the Social Justice Fund in advance of its planned March 20 Environmental Justice Giving Project event. The Social Justice Fund relies on wealthy donors, but also organizes its members into “giving circles” to pool their smaller donations and direct them toward specific projects.

The former mayor, who lost in November to Mayor Ed Murray, has begun working again with The Sierra Club, helping it with its political endorsements. That should be interesting for some of the political foes  he picked up during his four years at City Hall.

He hasn’t ruled out a future run for office. In the meantime, he said he is looking for a full-time way to “take the experience and the relationships I’ve built to continue to make a difference in the community in a way that I enjoy,” he said.

And he has been watching closely the troubles of Bertha, the giant machine digging the tunnel McGinn built his political career on opposing. And he’s watched other early stumbles in the new mayor’s office.

“I haven’t really been commenting,” he said, and added: “But there’s no such thing as mayor’s school.”

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