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September 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Food policy consultant launches Seattle City Council bid

Politics are heating up in South Seattle, where a new City Council candidate is calling her neck of the woods “neglected” in terms of public safety and economic development. Tammy Morales, 45, who runs a food policy consulting business and who lives in Seward Park with her husband and children, announced Wednesday she will run for the…

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January 30, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Councilmember Harrell caught uttering a vulgar word at disruptive activists

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell was caught on microphone during public testimony earlier this week using a vulgar word to describe two Stand Up America activists who regularly insult and hurl obscenities at council members. During testimony before the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee Jan. 28, Alex Zimmerman and Sam Bellomio, whose abusive language at…

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August 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Murray, McGinn appear headed for November showdown

State Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lead the pack in Seattle’s mayoral primary Tuesday and appear headed for a November runoff. (Seattle Times file photos)

State Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lead the pack in Seattle’s mayoral primary Tuesday and appear headed for a November runoff. (Seattle Times file photos)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray are headed to a November election matchup, easily rising above a pack of rivals in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

Murray led with more than 30 percent of the vote, to McGinn’s 27 percent.

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck were vying for third place with about 16 percent each.

Battling low job-approval ratings and a pack of viable challengers, McGinn’s campaign had downplayed expectations for Tuesday’s vote, suggesting he might wind up in third place on election night.

But such worries for McGinn supporters were quickly doused Tuesday when results were posted after 8 p.m., showing the mayor comfortably in second place.

At a Capitol Hill sports bar, McGinn backers chanted “four more years” as the results flashed across TV screens and smartphones.

McGinn took the stage and declared, “Four years ago people asked how this activist got elected. They’re still asking.”

“I’m proud of what I’ve stood for,” McGinn said, citing his support for the environment and for standing up for low-wage workers. “We’re going to run a hell of a race.”

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 2013 Seattle mayoral primary, Bruce Harrell, Mayor Mike McGinn

August 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

McGinn campaign downplays expectations

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign is downplaying expectations in advance of tonight’s batch of primary returns. John Wyble, the mayor’s political consultant, says McGinn might not be among the top two vote-getters as of tonight, but predicts he’ll emerge from the primary after more votes are counted this week. “I feel like this will be the low…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Bruce Harrell, ed murray, mike mcginn

August 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Harrell flier misleads on Seattle Times endorsement

One of the final fliers mailed by the Bruce Harrell for Seattle Mayor campaign could lead voters to conclude that Harrell has been endorsed by The Seattle Times. He hasn’t. The Seattle Times editorial board endorsed state Sen. Ed Murray in a lengthy and laudatory column that praised  his experience and record. The Harrell flier includes an…

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July 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

McGinn video talks of ‘corporate welfare’ for Whole Foods

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s final TV ad before the end of the Aug. 6 primary strikes a positive, almost apologetic tone. But in a Web video aimed at his core supporters, McGinn takes a more aggressive tack, ripping his rivals in the mayoral race over their criticism of his efforts to block a proposed…

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July 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Harrell brochure features lots of Seattle landmarks

Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell showed up Sunday in The Seattle Times with an eight-page color insert sharing his bi-racial heritage and campaign vision of “One Seattle.”

The brochure looks a lot like a story in the Times Pacific Magazine, and features Seattle landmarks such as the Space Needle, the view of the city from Alki and not one but two totem poles.  Harrell, who is among the top-four in polling leading up to the Aug. 6 primary, shares his family history in Seattle going back to his Japanese grandparents’ flower shop and car repair business. He also tells the story of his African-American grandparents who left the South in hopes of finding more opportunities in Seattle. Among the old, black-and-white photos is a picture of his father in a City Light hard hat next to an unsmiling white co-worker. Harrell, narrating his family story, notes that his father was given a chance to learn and improve his skills and was ultimately promoted into management.

The ad also features the silhouette of a bike rider. Harrell, a former corporate lawyer and two-term city councilmember, makes it clear he’s a different candidate than incumbent bike rider Mayor Mike McGinn. “Four years ago, we thought we elected a mayor who valued the diversity of opinion of Seattle’s residents. We didn’t know what he really valued was the fight, and not the results. The toll this mayor has exacted in terms of divisiveness has damaged our city. Our ability to work collaboratively and create trust with each other has eroded.” On the bike front, Harrell says, “It’s time to stop pitting bikes against cars as our current mayor does.”

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July 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Harrell joins Whole Foods fray, calls McGinn’s stand “shallow”

Seattle City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell has joined the debate over a West Seattle Whole Foods development that Mayor Mike McGinn has sought to impede by denying a key alley vacation over wage concerns. Harrell had previously not commented even as rivals Peter Steinbrueck and Ed Murray accused McGinn of political grandstanding…

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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…

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July 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM

McGinn and Harrell launch first TV ads in Seattle mayoral race

The first cable-TV ads of the Seattle mayoral race are out — dueling spots from Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilmember Bruce Harrell. Harrell’s spot opens with a dark image of Seattle and McGinn. As the picture crumbles, Harrell intones, “Our current mayor has failed and fractured our city.” The ad then segues into a heroic bio…

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