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December 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Update: 3:40 p.m. – Now with interactive, address-searchable map. Click map image for interactive version. We’ve also posted similar breakdowns for Kshama Sawant’s Seattle City Council win, and for Seattle’s ballot measures on District Elections and Public Campaign Financing
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lost his bid for reelection with diminished voter support through most of the city.
An analysis of precinct vote returns by the Seattle Times’ Justin Mayo shows a familiar pattern in city politics. Viewed as the marginally more progressive candidate, McGinn carried Seattle’s most liberal inner-core neighborhoods including Capitol Hill, Fremont, Wallingford, the International District and Central District. That’s similar to the electoral base that carried him to victory in 2009.
But Mayor-Elect Ed Murray ate into McGinn’s base even in those neighborhoods. Compared with 2009, McGinn’s support was down everywhere but parts of southeast Seattle.
The sharpest drop was in Capitol Hill, where McGinn’s support tumbled by 8.9 percentage points compared with four years ago. That’s not a huge surprise, as Murray lives on Capitol Hill and represented the 43rd Legislative District for 18 years.
McGinn’s support fell 7.8 percentage points in the University District/Ravenna area and he lost 5 or more percentage points in Ballard, Delridge, Fauntleroy, Lake City, Magnolia, Queen Anne, South Park and West Seattle.
After four years in office, McGinn’s only increased support for his reelection campaign came in the southeast Seattle neighborhoods of Rainier Beach, Rainier Valley and Beacon Hill.
Murray, meanwhile, attracted his strongest support from Seattle’s outer-ring, waterfront-view neighborhoods including Montlake, Magnolia, Laurelhurst, West Seattle and Queen Anne.
Murray ended election night with a double digit lead on McGinn. But the race tightened substantially in later returns. When the election was certified last week, the final result was Murray 51.5 percent, McGinn, 47.5 percent.
October 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is up with a new TV ad making a pitch to voters on what he stands for — from “preschool for every kid” to “stopping coal trains” to “plowing snow.”
In the 30-second spot, McGinn, standing in front of a city skyline, faces the camera and makes his case personally. That’s a contrast with Murray’s latest ad, in which he doesn’t speak, relying instead on a pack of high-profile endorsers like former Gov. Chris Gregoire and former King County Executive Ron Sims.
While it’s not a point of controversy in the mayor’s race, McGinn’s reference to “plowing snow” seeks to remind voters the city has not suffered a repeat of the 2009 blizzard — and much criticized city response — that helped doom then-Mayor Greg Nickels.
October 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM
On the campaign trail, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has sought to portray his clashes with the Justice Department over police reform as a positive part of his first-term record.
McGinn frequently notes his role in the creation of the Community Police Commission, a 15-member group that provides citizen oversight and input into the police-reform effort.
At times, McGinn has suggested he had to drag the Justice Department into an agreement to create the commission, which became part of the consent decree settling the DOJ’s claims of unconstitutional use-of-force by police. For example, in an interview with the West Seattle Herald, McGinn said “This is something I got into the agreement and isn’t something the DOJ initially wanted. I had to fight for it…”
But Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, is pushing back against McGinn’s version of history.
In a letter sent Monday to the CPC, Durkan told commissioners “you may be aware of recent public comments suggesting that the U.S. Department of Justice resisted the formation of a community oversight panel, and that this somehow delayed or prolonged the consent decree negotiations.”
That’s not true, Durkan wrote in the letter co-signed by Jonathan Smith, chief of the special litigation section for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
“As you know, the community has been at the heart of this matter from the start, and an oversight board was a concept the DOJ actively supported and continues to believe plays a critical role in effective and measurable reform,” the letter said.
October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM
King County Sheriff John Urquhart today endorsed State Sen. Ed Murray for Seattle Mayor, saying Murray will address Seattle’s public safety issues.
“We need an effective mayor who will act to address the very real public safety challenges Seattle faces, and I believe Ed Murray will be that mayor,” Urquhart said in a statement released by the Murray campaign.
Contacted by phone, Urquhart declined to comment about Mayor Mike McGinn, who is seeking reelection, or the job he’s done on public safety. But he did say about Murray, “There has to be a mix between enforcement and social services. He has the right mix.”
Urquhart shook up a Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee hearing earlier this month when he said his wife was afraid to come to the King County Courthouse to meet him because she no longer feels safe in the area. The hearing was on Mayor Mike McGinn’s Center City Initiative and the problem of crime and disorder downtown. McGinn has said frequently on the campaign trail that violent crime is at a 30-year low in the city.
October 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
The largest union representing city of Seattle workers today endorsed Mayor Mike McGinn for a second term. Joe McGee, executive director of Local 17 of the Professional & Technical Employees, which represents about 2,500 city employees, said McGinn has had a more hands-on approach to running the city and has been more involved in union issues than previous mayors.
“He gets his hands dirty and cares about the nuts and bolts. We are impressed by his legitimate engagement with the city workforce,” McGee said in a statement released by the McGinn campaign.
Local 17 is the largest of the city workforce unions. Several others have endorsed Senator Ed Murray, including the Seattle Police Officers Guild, Seattle Firefighters, and the Seattle Police Management Association. Labor across the city has also been divided in the mayoral contest, with about 21 locals supporting Murray and about 13 supporting McGinn.
October 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray trod well worn ground for much of the second televised mayoral debate Saturday night on KOMO 4. But there were fireworks when the rivals got to directly interrogate one another on perceived leadership flaws.
For much of the hourlong debate, McGinn smiled at the camera and made a case that — despite what his critics would have you believe — he’s been a good listener in his first term. And he said he has racked up accomplishments, such as an overall low crime rate and a growing local economy, that merit another four years.
Murray, who spoke in calm, flat tones even when delivering his most aggressive attacks, said Seattle is ready for a politically experienced mayor who will work with the City Council instead of fighting it. His answers throughout the night showed, Murray clearly came to the event with a strategy to appeal to female voters and neighborhoods worried about growth.
Once again, actual policy distinctions were hard to come by. McGinn and Murray clashed the hardest in the middle of the debate when each was allowed to ask the other a question. Both punched at sore spots, revealing what they believed to be leadership flaws they believe might sway voters in the few weeks remaining in the 2013 mayoral race. (more…)
September 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM
A group of two-dozen Seattle civil rights and minority community leaders appeared today at a Central Area senior center to plug Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s reelection campaign.
The pastors, activists and politicians praised McGinn for directing more money to minority contractors, preserving human services programs during hard times and generally being responsive to their concerns.
“He’s been there for us, and we are going to be there for him,” said Metropolitan King County Councilman Larry Gossett.
Chinatown International District activist Bob Santos, who has worked with mayors going back many decades, called McGinn “probably more responsive than any other mayor” besides Norm Rice.
But the press conference also turned to an attack on McGinn’s challenger, state Sen. Ed Murray. Essentially, some McGinn backers played the race card.
Reaching back 15 years, former Seattle state Rep. Velma Veloria claimed Murray had privately criticized a bill sponsored by the late Rep. Kip Tokuda that would have tried to preserve affirmative action programs in Washington state from Initiative 200.
Legislative records show Murray signed on as a sponsor of Tokuda’s bill, which would have preserved affirmative action programs but barred quotas and the hiring of unqualified persons. But Veloria claimed he dissed the measure in a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting.
“I don’t have the exact words right now but the shock that I felt had a lot to do with the fact that he only felt that he could fight for civil rights for gays and lesbians and did not want to include people of color,” Veloria said.
Others at the event, including McGinn, claimed Tokuda told them of his anger at the long ago comments before his death this year of a heart attack.
Murray flatly denied the accusations, pointing to his sponsorship of Tokuda’s bill and other actions he’d taken opposing I-200, which was nevertheless approved by voters later that year. “It’s not true,” he said.
Murray said he did help convene talks between Rep. Hans Dunshee and other Democrats about another alternative to I-200 under discussion at the time. Dunshee’s measure was loudly opposed by Tokuda and other liberals in the House Democratic caucus at the time, and Murray did not sign on as a cosponsor. A 1998 story in The Seattle Times recounts that feud, including Murray’s criticisms of some colleagues he said did not even want to have a discussion about it.
Another former state legislator, Dawn Mason, called Veloria’s story baloney. “Had he said it it would have been an issue to me also. And that issue would have been discussed with Kip. He never discussed it with me because there was nothing to discuss,” said Mason, who was Tokuda’s seatmate in the 37th Legislative District, and one of the few African-American state lawmakers at the time.
Mason called the McGinn camp raising the allegations now “divisive and distasteful.”
Former King County Executive Ron Sims commented in a Facebook post that “no one is well-served by this kind of tasteless politics.” He pointed out that Murray recently married his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki, who is Asian American.
September 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is floating the idea of a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages, including canned soda and fountain drinks, as a way to raise money for Seattle parks.
McGinn announced his proposal at a mayoral forum Thursday night sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation.
While details were sketchy, McGinn said his plan would raise the city’s business-and-occupation (B&O) tax on businesses that sell sugary drinks. It’s an idea McGinn said his office considered in 2011, but did not publicly propose at that time.
A 1-cent-per-ounce tax could raise between $21 million and $29 million a year, McGinn said, citing estimates developed for his office in 2011.
“This I think would be a fabulous potential funding source,” McGinn told the audience of parks boosters during the forum at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
McGinn said he’s not immediately proposing the new tax to the Seattle City Council. Instead, he said, his staff will present the idea to a committee now examining future funding needs for Seattle parks. The group also is looking at options including a renewal of a 2008 parks levy set to expire next year and a possible new Metropolitan Parks District with independent taxing authority.
A city report last year found Seattle is facing a $20 million a year shortfall in the cost of operating and maintaining parks. In addition, the report said city parks now have a backlog of major maintenance projects exceeding $270 million.
Asked whether his sugary-drink tax proposal would apply to sugar-sweetened coffee and espresso drinks, McGinn said he wasn’t sure and that such details can be worked out later if the plan moves forward. “I think that is one of the things you have to define,” he said.
McGinn’s challenger, state Sen. Ed Murray, was skeptical of the idea.
Murray noted he’d voted in the Legislature for higher taxes on soda, candy and bottled water in 2010 to help close a $4.5 billion budget hole. But voters repealed the taxes that November after an initiative challenge funded by the beverage industry and other businesses.
Murray predicted the soda industry would again fight and defeat any new tax in Seattle. “I don’t think it’s a viable option,” he said in an interview.
Murray said he does support other funding sources for city parks, including renewal of the parks levy and a possible new taxing district.
September 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn pounced today on state Sen. Ed Murray’s attempts to avoid blame for the alleged embezzlement of $250,000 by the director of a Democratic campaign committee Murray co-chaired.
Speaking at a news conference at his campaign headquarters, McGinn called Murray’s response to the thefts of funds from the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee “very, very troubling and a real insight into his character as an executive and a leader.”
The SDCC’s former executive director Michael King was charged this week with eight counts of theft for allegedly writing himself checks from the SDCC coffers and covering his tracks by inventing poll results he said the money had paid for.
While Murray yesterday took some responsibility for failing to notice the thefts, he and his fellow co-chairs also pointed blame at the SDCC’s former treasurer, Jason Bennett, who’d alerted them to the thefts in February.
September 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM
Updated at 6:05 p.m. with comment from McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus
Jean Godden today became the fifth Seattle city councilmember to endorse state Sen. Ed Murray for mayor, giving Murray the support of a majority of the nine-member council.
During a news conference at Murray’s Capitol Hill campaign office, Godden said Murray would “restore trust and cooperation between the council and the mayor.” Godden said McGinn had not reached out to her for a one-on-one meeting in more than two years. That’s a contrast to previous Mayor Greg Nickels, with whom Godden said she had regularly scheduled quarterly meetings.
But McGinn’s office disputed Godden’s account, saying the mayor had met personally with her last fall and offered to schedule more meetings if she wanted. “We have a good relationship with her office and have always accommodated requests for information,” spokesman Aaron Pickus said in an email, adding that the McGinn has offered regular meetings to every council member.
Murray argued he’d ensure a more collaborative relationship with the council.
“There is always going to be a tension between the executive and legislative branch — there will be if I am mayor as well. But it doesn’t have to be the way it is today. I can leave one floor and go down and sit in councilmembers’ offices and just chat with them,” Murray said.
Godden said she believes Murray will seriously tackle a reported gender pay gap in city employment. “I am assured he will recruit and promote quality women to positions of authority,” she said.
While individual endorsements don’t mean a lot, there is a symbolic heft to Murray’s campaign being endorsed by a majority of the council. It could give weight to Murray’s argument that he’d be more effective at advancing his agenda than McGinn.
In addition to Godden, Murray has been endorsed by Councilmembers Bruce Harrell, Tim Burgess, Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen. McGinn has been endorsed by Councilmember Mike O’Brien.
John Wyble, political consultant for the McGinn campaign, dismissed the Murray endorsements. “It’s no surprise that the business-supported city council members support the business-supported candidate for mayor,” he said.
McGinn “has tried to bring a lot of new voices to the table,” Wyble added. “People who like the old way of doing business aren’t very excited about that.”
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