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October 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck endorsed state Sen. Ed Murray for mayor today.
During a news conference at Cloud City Coffee in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, Steinbrueck said he was won over by Murray’s commitment to the city’s industrial sector, gender pay equity and his pledge to involve neighborhoods more in growth planning.
“I have only respect for Mayor [Mike] McGinn. He has led with passion and conviction, but he has left many of us disappointed,” Steinbrueck said.
Repeating a constant refrain of McGinn critics, Steinbrueck said Murray could bring together broader coalitions “rather than polarization and divisiveness.”
The atmosphere at the news conference was celebratory, with Murray leading in the polls and piling up big endorsements. One political operative asked whether a reporter had heard any news about who would serve on Murray’s transition team and administration. But Murray cautioned he was taking nothing for granted in the final weeks of the election.
Steinbrueck, who served on the City Council between 1997 and 2007, placed third in the August primary, taking 16 percent of the vote. City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who finished fourth just behind Steinbrueck, endorsed Murray last month.
August 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Defiant on election night, mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck this morning said he had called the top two finishers State Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn to congratulate them on winning the primary election.
Steinbrueck said he hadn’t conceded, but would make an announcement this afternoon after another vote count is released. The former city councilmember trailed with 16 percent of the initial vote count Tuesday to Murray’s 30 percent and McGinn’s 27 percent. At his primary night party, Steinbrueck said the race wasn’t over, but today he said it was a new day and he was striking out in a new direction.
“I’m still committed to this city. I gave it my best shot,” Steinbrueck said.
Fifth-place finisher Charlie Staadecker also congratulated Murray and McGinn and said he ran the race he wanted to win and was proud that he had “gotten up from the couch” to compete.
“I have run a strong race, never lost my moral compass or integrity, answered questions honestly and never tailored my answers to the particular crowd in the room … I leave with no
regrets. My biggest regret would have been not to have run at all,” Staadecker said in a statement.
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.
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 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Mayoral Candidate Peter Steinbrueck has called out Mayor Mike McGinn for recommending a $1 million reduction to the 2013 library budget in the executive’s supplemental budget.
The mayor’s office was quick to respond that it is not cutting any programs, services, hours or collections. Rather, said spokesman Robert Cruickshank, it’s redirecting some savings the city found after discovering that it had budgeted twice to end the one-week August furlough throughout the library system. And health care costs for the libraries are about $500,000 less than anticipated.
Cruickshank called the reallocation of library funding “a technical change that reflects overbudgeting.” And he added that the library “is on board” with both adjustments.
But Steinbrueck, along with Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Jean Godden, say savings found in the library budget should stay with the library and not be redirected to other general fund programs. They note that 13 branches are still closed on Fridays and the library is still trying to rebuild collections and catch up on building maintenance deferred during four years of budget cuts.
Steinbrueck notes that the recommended reduction comes in the same week McGinn sent out a campaign flyer asking “What if Seattle had a mayor who made sure our libraries stayed open?” The answer on the reverse side picks up a theme from the mayor’s reelection campaign ads and mailers: “We do and his name is Mike McGinn.”
Steinbrueck, who served two terms on the Library Foundation Board, said, “I’d like to see these funds stay with the libraries. I’m certain they could find a good use for them.”
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.”
June 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Peter Steinbrueck’s first campaign literature for Seattle mayor is being handed out at public appearances and doorbelling this week. The flyer characterizes him as the “Neighborhood Voice … Neighborhood Choice” and highlights his 10 years on the City Council, his architecture career, background in urban planning and his opposition to a new sports arena in Sodo.
Interestingly, the mailer forgoes the usually de rigueur photo of the candidate with an attentive, multi-racial crowd and instead shows Steinbrueck having coffee with a white-haired couple, perhaps suggesting his appeal to the city’s older voters who recognize the Steinbrueck name and associate it with historic preservation and neighborhood advocacy.
The flip side of the flyer shows a smiling Steinbrueck and says, “I’ll stand up for you and the services you deserve, starting right here in your neighbohood.” Steinbrueck’s logo for the campaign is a riff on the iconic Pike Place Market clock with his name and “For Mayor” instead of the Market sign’s red lettering.
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.
June 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM
During his years on the Seattle City Council, Peter Steinbrueck developed a reputation for being, shall we say, a tad long-winded from time to time.
When he stepped down in 2007, a colleague expressed relief that Steinbrueck’s speechifying would be subject to the usual public-testimony time limits if he returned to City Hall. “We will finally have only two minutes of Peter Steinbrueck,” Councilmember Nick Licata joked at the time.
As a candidate for mayor this year, Steinbrueck has sought to hone his rhetoric — with a little professional help. According to a campaign-finance filing, he paid $1,700 in April to Lorraine Howell, a Seattle consultant who trains business executives and others on public speaking and media interviews.
Howell’s web site advertises her expertise in helping clients craft an “elevator speech.” That’s a useful skill for a mayoral candidate like Steinbrueck who frequently faces questions at candidate forums such as: “How would you solve homelessness in Seattle? You have 1 minute.”
When asked about his training last week, Steinbrueck was guarded. “I’m not going to answer the specifics of what kind of speech coaching I got,” he said.
But Steinbrueck said he generally received advice on how to be more “precise and succinct” in his public oratory.
“We can all benefit from that kind of practice,” he said.
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