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November 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Seattle transportation director resigns

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Ed Murray had met with all department directors this week. Murray has not yet met with them all.

Seattle Director of Transportation Peter Hahn resigned late Thursday after being informed by Mayor-elect Ed Murray that he wouldn’t be kept on in the new administration.

Murray’s campaign confirmed that Murray began meeting with city department directors this week. By late today, Murray had announced that three other department heads would not be returning and one was retiring.

Budget Director Beth Goldberg, Intergovernmental Affairs Director Marco Lowe and Personnel Director David Stewart all were told that they would not be part of the new administration. Rick Hooper, the director of the Office of Housing, announced his retirement. Catherine Lester, interim director of human services, has been asked to stay on as Murray searches for a permanent director.

Goldberg was credited with guiding the city through a steep recession, rebuilding its rainy-day fund and making the budget more accessible to the public. Marco Lowe was one of outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn’s only holdovers from the Greg Nickels administration. Lowe ran Nickels’ 2002 campaign for mayor and then took a senior job in the administration as Nickels’ director of community relations. Before returning to Seattle to work for McGinn, Lowe was chief of staff for the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

McGinn thanked all the directors for their service to the city in a news release issued after Murray’s announcement.

Hahn was one of McGinn’s highest-profile department directors, helping the mayor implement high-priority projects such as an updated Transit Plan and advancing planning efforts for high-capacity transit corridors.

McGinn noted that when it started snowing, Hahn set up a cot in his office so he could work around the clock overseeing plowing, salting and de-icing operations.

“He’s done great work rebuilding public trust in SDOT’s commitment to the basics,” McGinn said.

Richard Sheridan, SDOT spokesman, said Hahn was leaving today for a planned vacation and would be out of the office for the next week. “Peter notified staff late yesterday that he would not be serving in the new administration,” Sheridan said.

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the council Transportation Committee, praised Hahn as a hands-on administrator and a conscientious public servant. “He was a tremendous SDOT director. He cared deeply about having a well-functioning department.”

But Rasmussen speculated that Murray, a former state Senate Transportation chair, wants to make his own mark on the department.

During the mayoral campaign, Murray said he wanted an integrated transportation system with all the different elements, including roads, buses and light rail, working well together. In pre-election polling, Seattle residents said congestion was one of their biggest frustrations.

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November 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Sharon Nelson to replace Ed Murray as Senate Democratic leader

State Sen. Sharon Nelson was selected Wednesday afternoon to replace Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray as the leader of the minority Senate Democratic Caucus. “I am honored to have been elected as leader by the Senate Democrats,” Nelson said in a news release. “We have a diverse caucus, but I believe I was elected by my colleagues…

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November 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

State Sen. Nick Harper, seen as rising star, abruptly resigns

State Sen. Nick Harper, who ousted an fellow Everett Democratic incumbent in a controversial 2010 primary and then quickly rose to become deputy caucus leader, has resigned. In a statement released just after the close of a special session Saturday, Harper said, “Unfortunately my work in Olympia takes me away from my family far too much. They…

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November 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Murray names City Hall veterans to lead transition team

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray has picked two seasoned City Hall hands to lead his transition committee: former Seattle City Councilmember Martha Choe and King County budget director Dwight Dively.

Mayor elect Ed Murray announces his transition team at a press conference. At left is Dwight Dively, King County Budget Director, at right is Martha Choe, Chief Administrative Officer with the Gates Foundation. (Greb Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Mayor-elect Ed Murray, center, announces his transition team at a press conference on Thursday. King County budget director Dwight Dively, left, and former City Councilmember Martha Choe, right, will lead the team. Choe is Chief Administrative Officer with the Gates Foundation. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Dively is a well-regarded city budget expert who spent 22 years at the city, including a stint as finance director, before leaving in 2010 to join King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office.

Choe served on the council in the 1990s and is now chief administrative officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The trio go way back — Murray learned the ropes of city government as an aide in Choe’s council office at the same time Dively was on the council’s research staff.

“I think they reflect the type of leadership and the quality of folks that we want to have as part of our transition team and as part of our administration,” Murray said at a news conference introducing his picks at Lakewood Seward Park Community Club.

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November 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Mike McGinn concedes mayor’s race

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves the podium after conceding the mayor's race Thursday to State Sen. Ed Murray.  McGinn said he had called Murray to congratulate him and offer any assistance needed in the transition. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves the podium after conceding the mayor’s race Thursday to State Sen. Ed Murray. McGinn said he had called Murray to congratulate him and offer any assistance needed in the transition.
(Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has conceded the mayor’s race, saying he called state Sen. Ed Murray this morning to congratulate him on his victory and offer support in his transition.

“I let him know he was going to be in for an extraordinary four years,” McGinn said at a morning news conference.

After more ballots were counted Wednesday, Murray was leading by 13,211 votes, with 55 percent support, compared with 44 percent for McGinn.

In a speech at his Chinatown International District campaign headquarters, McGinn acknowledged that he might have rubbed some people the wrong way, but said “I hope people know I was always trying to do the right thing.”

McGinn did not close the door to future political runs, saying he would find a way to be involved in public service once his single mayoral term ends in December.

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November 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Murray keeps big lead as more votes tallied for Seattle mayor

More vote totals released by King County Elections this afternoon confirmed challenger Ed Murray’s easy win over Mayor Mike McGinn in the Seattle mayoral race. With more than 108,000 ballots counted, Murray led by nearly 13,000 votes with 55.6 percent support, compared with 43.7 percent for McGinn. Murray already was meeting with advisers and beginning to…

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November 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Murray: ‘We’re here tonight to declare victory’ in mayor’s race

With a substantial lead in initial results, Ed Murray speaks to his supporters at Neumos.His husband Michael Shiosaki, left, celebrates with him. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) Mayor Mike McGinn Sen. Ed Murray State Sen. Ed Murray’s promise of a more collaborative leadership style carried him to victory Tuesday night, as voters…

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November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Sawant’s ambush attempt fails when Seattle City Council members use second door

Take it from someone whose job includes ambushing politicians with uncomfortable questions: you must always watch for the second door.

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant failed to do that this afternoon, dooming her plan to ask current council members entering their regularly scheduled meeting to sign a pledge to  increase the minimum wage.

Sawant and several supporters were waiting, oversized pledge in hand, outside council chambers as the 2 p.m. meeting start time approached, arrived and ticked past.

“Somehow they found another way to go inside,” campaign director Philip Locker breathlessly announced two minutes after 2, adding, “they have a secret door!”

The group then hurried inside to speak during public testimony.

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November 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Murray accuses McGinn campaign of cyberbullying and harassment

We must be in the final days of Seattle’s mayoral race. State Sen. Ed Murray held his second news conference in 24 hours Saturday morning, responding to last-minute campaign maneuvering by Mayor Mike McGinn and his supporters. They caused a stir online this week, reacting to a Washington Post story about Murray’s campaign contributions from Comcast and…

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November 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Murray says he agrees with McGinn on broadband, regardless of Comcast money

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly said Comcast has a monopoly on local Internet service. Other companies also offer the service. Mayoral candidate Ed Murray responded today to a Washington Post story yesterday that said Comcast was giving big money to his campaign because he might stop a public-private broadband network being pushed…

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