Topic: Bruce Harrell
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August 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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.” (more…)
August 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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 water mark for us,” Wyble said. “I think we tick up pretty dramatically toward the end.”
Wyble predicted McGinn’s younger, progressive base will vote later in the all-mail election. The mayor’s ground game, including volunteer phone banks, have been humming all week to ensure his supporters send in their ballots.
So don’t expect a concession tonight unless McGinn’s numbers are truly dismal.
Christian Sinderman, a political consultant for state Sen. Ed Murray, needled McGinn’s effort to downplay expectations, saying it was part of the mayor’s “comeback kid” narrative. “It kind of fits with his martyrdom complex,” he said.
Late political chatter has had Murray as one of the favorites to emerge from the primary, and his campaign sounded confident today.
But former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck may benefit from the older primary electorate and current Councilmember Bruce Harrell has reportedly seen a surge in voter support in recent days.
August 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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 “Endorsed by” headline on the left side. What follows below are three legitimate endorsements, a gap, and then the Seattle Times logo followed by a quote, “He’s an ex-football star who has dominated debates this campaign season.” The quote didn’t appear in any news story or editorial but was a tweet July 17 to promote the Times’ online mayoral candidate guide that includes profiles of all nine candidates.
Even one of the legitimate endorsements — “Seattle Democratic Legislative Districts” — is a little sketchy. Harrell didn’t get the sole endorsement in any of the city’s legislative districts. In the 37th, he shared an endorsement with Mayor Mike McGinn. In the 32nd, he shared an endorsement with four others. And in the 11th, which includes only a tiny portion of Seattle, he shared an endorsement with Peter Steinbrueck.
Harrell’s campaign manager, his niece Monisha Harrell, said they weren’t trying to mislead anyone. “There’s clearly a break,” she said, between the “Endorsed by” headline and the Seattle Times logo. “We were trying to show what people were saying about Bruce.”
She also said she doubted that any candidates mention the others in a co-endorsement, but rather just themselves.
July 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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 Whole Foods store in West Seattle.
“The Whole Foods issue showed there is a big difference between me and my opponents,” McGinn says in the video uploaded Tuesday to his campaign’s YouTube channel. “They would have us give city land — your land — away to support a business that doesn’t share our values.”
“My opponents agree with The Seattle Times and Chamber of Commerce that workers should take a back seat to corporate welfare. We won’t outspend our opponents and their corporate backers, but with your help we can out-organize them,” McGinn says.
John Wyble, McGinn’s political consultant, said the video was a get-out-the-vote message sent to about 500 of his supporters and volunteers in addition to being posted online.
McGinn shook up the summer primary with his election-season move against Whole Foods, telling the city Department of Transportation to deny a key alley vacation for the project. The action won enthusiastic praise from unions that say the non-union grocery chain does not pay adequate wages and benefits.
All of McGinn’s top rivals — including state Sen. Ed Murray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck — have criticized his Whole Foods maneuver as arbitrary and politically motivated, even while claiming to support his underlying goal.
July 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM
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.”
July 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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 for singling out Whole Foods. But in a statement Thursday afternoon, Harrell called McGinn’s position “shallow” and said it ignored too many important policy questions.
“The Mayor is well within his rights to express our city’s values when the city evaluates what public benefits should be derived from a private development when public assets are sold. In this case, the issue is fair and living wages for employees…” Harrell said. “The problem here is that the Mayor has prematurely articulated a concern without any context.”
Harrell argued there are many “public benefits” that are traditionally considered from developers in exchange for the city granting an alley vacation, such as parks and street setbacks. He asked: “why should this one issue be the basis for disapproval; particularly when they may be paying a living wage to their employees?”
“We must look at the entire package of public benefits, not just one component. The Mayor’s recommendation is very shallow in substance and provides a weak argument as to why we should drastically change historic practice. A good executive would work with the community affected, the developer community, the tenants, and the City Council in order to develop a good set of public benefits and avoid grandstanding for political gain.”
July 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM
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 him: “Our current mayor has failed and fractured this city. Seattle needs a new mayor who they can trust.” It also hits on Harrell’s central campaign theme — an echo of candidate Obama — that he is the one contender who can bridge the racial and economic divides and build “One Seattle.”
The flier is also timely in its highlighting of Harrell’s work to improve women’s pay and equity in the workplace, an issue that flared up this week with the release of a report that found men making 9.5 percent more than women in city employment and less represented in the highest pay classifications.
The Harrell campaign is hoping to make up ground on rivals McGinn, Steinbrueck and Ed Murray, all of whom were polling better in a KING 5 survey released Thursday.
July 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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 of Harrell. “A valedictorian from a Seattle public school, leading the Huskies to a Rose Bowl win. An attorney helping area companies create jobs. A councilmember fighting for pay equity for women.”
McGinn’s ad talks up his concern for public schools via a plug from Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza.
Ortega, who co-chairs McGinn’s re-election committee, asks, “What if we had a mayor who made education a priority?” She then touts McGinn’s school initiatives, including “Be Here Get There,” which rewards kids who meet attendance goals and even offers them wake-up calls in the morning.
“What if we had a mayor who launched a citywide attendance campaign because kids can’t learn if they’re not in school?” Ortega says. “We do. And his name is Mike McGinn.”
Neither buy is huge. Harrell’s campaign said it has booked $11,000 for its ads so far. McGinn’s campaign said it is spending $60,000 on its spots, which begin July 5.
Expect other mayoral campaigns (those who can afford it) to join them on the small screen soon. A consultant for state Sen. Ed Murray’s mayoral campaign said he was at a video shoot for a forthcoming ad on Wednesday.
June 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell, who is chair of the Seattle City Council’s public safety committee, said this week that, had he been mayor when the Department of Justice issued its findings about the Seattle Police Department, he would have put up a bigger fight than Mayor Mike McGinn did.
“I wouldn’t have entered into the settlement,” he told the Seattle Times editorial board Wednesday. “As an experienced litigator,” he said, he would have demanded more information from the Department of Justice, in particular about the department’s finding that 20 percent of the uses of force they studied were unreasonable. That finding without the details to back it up, he said, left the city “negotiating in the dark.”
Harrell said the same thing Saturday at a City Hall forum on criminal justice issues. The mayor was too hasty to settle and stuck the city with a bad deal, he said.
Harrell’s recent statements are virtually the opposite of his public position while the debate over the settlement was raging last spring. He and council members Tim Burgess and Sally Clark were critical of the mayor for being too adversarial and too slow in his settlement negotiations with the justice department.
In March 2012, Harrell signed a letter to the mayor that said: “While we appreciate the negotiations with the DOJ are sensitive, we feel strongly that they need not be adversarial. We continue to urge swift resolution with the DOJ so we can proceed to implement these and other related reforms.”
Harrell said that, behind closed doors, he urged the mayor to push harder for more facts about the department’s investigation.
McGinn is often criticized for picking a fight with the Department of Justice, and most of the candidates for mayor are saying McGinn should have done more to work with the feds on the issue. McGinn accepted the settlement, but not before angering department officials with his demands. Harrell, Clark, Burgess and City Attorney Pete Holmes were on the front lines of that criticism during the negotiations.
In yesterday’s meeting, Harrell said he would not have expected his negotiations with the Department of Justice to go all the way to court, but by demanding that the Department of Justice show its work, he could have gotten a better settlement.
And here’s another new one: Harrell also told the editorial board his plan for KeyArena is to get rid of it. Harrell said if a new arena is built, as planned, in Sodo, he thinks the best plan for KeyArena is to tear it down and make Seattle Center a destination for walking and gathering. He described a destination park, like Green Lake or Seward Park for the downtown area. He said he has good memories of KeyArena, but his plans for Seattle Center do not start with a concrete building.
June 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Seattle voters over the past two weeks report robo calls asking for preferences in the crowded mayor’s race. The automated caller says there are four leading candidates, Peter Steinbrueck, Ed Murray, Mike McGinn and Bruce Harrell, though the order seems to be different on each call.
Voters are asked, “If the mayor’s race were held today, which candidate would you choose?” Callers also are given two other options: a candidate not mentioned (there are five others) and undecided.
Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign manager, John Wyble, said the calls aren’t theirs and aren’t polling at all, but rather a technique to identify potential supporters and follow up with outreach and requests for contributions.
Wyble liked the strategy so much he said he’d start making similar calls for McGinn next week, as well as gear up a phone bank to do more voter outreach.
McGinn reported $1,434 for polling in May, for what Wyble described as a simple candidate preference survey done after City Councilmember Tim Burgess unexpectedly dropped out of the race.
Ed Murray also was polling in May — but spending way more money. Murray’s campaign reported spending $30,000 for EMC Research. Those calls were made by live people who tested messages about Murray’s background and accomplishments in office, including helping to win approval of gay marriage in Washington.
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