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November 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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.
October 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray went after each others’ records and effectiveness in their first televised debate before a studio audience this afternoon. The debate will air tonight on KING-TV at 7 p.m. and The Seattle Times will host a live chat with readers during the airing.
Murray criticized McGinn’s leadership of the police department and his opposition to the deep-bore tunnel, after an 11th hour announcement in 2009 that he wouldn’t oppose the tunnel to replace the viaduct. Murray also attacked McGinn for holding a news conference to say guns collected in a gun buyback would be melted down into peace bricks, even though at the time of the announcement, McGinn knew the guns already had been destroyed by the police department.
“How can we as a city trust you?” Murray asked the mayor.
McGinn repeatedly questioned Murray’s effectiveness in the state legislature, noting that the state is 43rd in education funding and last in mental-health beds. McGinn said that he consistently opposed leaving the city on the hook for cost overruns on the tunnel. A clause in the tunnel funding legislation says Seattle property owners who benefit from the tunnel will pay for cost overruns.
“I raised an important question … Neither (Gov. Chris) Gregoire or Murray, despite his vaunted power, could get it changed,” McGinn said.
KING-TV anchorman Dennis Bounds moderated the debate. Questions were posed by a panel of journalists including Jim Brunner, political reporter for The Seattle Times, Dave Ross, a host on radio 97.3 FM, and Linda Brill, political reporter for KING-TV News.
September 18, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray engaged in a mostly low-key debate Tuesday sponsored by social services organizations at the Garfield Community Center.
Both mayoral rivals boasted of their records of seeking to direct more money to services for the homeless and poor. They only indirectly criticized each other — McGinn pointing to the state Legislature cutting services for the mentally ill and Murray saying he’d collaborate better with elected leaders to build support for new revenue.
It was only the end of the debate that produced fireworks, as Murray appeared to become irritated by McGinn’s latest attempt to portray him as the bought-and-paid-for candidate of the downtown business establishment.
In his one-minute closing statement, McGinn jabbed at Murray’s frequent claim he’d be a more unifying leader as Seattle mayor.
McGinn said Murray has united corporate donors like “Coke, Pepsi, Vulcan, Comcast…”
Murray, standing behind McGinn, interrupted: “And labor unions, Planned Parenthood.”
August 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s second-place showing in the Aug 6. primary puts him in a precarious position headed into his general election campaign.
McGinn finished with with 28.5 percent of the vote in the nine-person race. State Sen. Ed Murray topped the field with 29 percent.
Conventional wisdom says to stick a fork in McGinn, since more than 70 percent of voters chose someone else in the primary. ”This result means Ed Murray is the next mayor of Seattle,” crowed former City Councilmember Jim Compton on election night.
But one modern mayor pulled off a comeback after an even weaker primary showing.
In 1973, Mayor Wes Uhlman placed a distant second in the primary to City Councilman Liem Tuai. Uhlman took just 30.5 percent of the primary vote, compared with Tuai’s 43.7 percent. The rest was split among other challengers, including City Councilmembers Sam Smith and Tim Hill.
Nevertheless, Uhlman went on to defeat Tuai in the general election by 5266 votes.
So it can be done. But should McGinn take heart in the example?
Uhlman doesn’t think so.
“If was a different kind of time and very different issues,” he recalled.
Uhlman was a flashy figure at a chaotic time in Seattle history. Elected in 1969 at age 34, he cut a reformers’ path through city government — clashing with municipal unions over his efforts to hire more women and minorities, especially in the police and fire departments. (The unions ran a failed recall election against him in 1975.) Uhlman also proclaimed Seattle’s first Gay Pride week.
August 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Supporters of the Ed Murray for Mayor campaign gathered tonight at The Crocodile to celebrate a primary election that many felt would ultimately go their way.
“The big question is who’s gonna be No. 2,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who has endorsed Murray, a longtime state senator representing Capitol Hill.
One of Murray’s colleague in the Legislature, state Rep. Jamie Pedersen, was a little less confident. But he still said Murray is “likely” to finish among the top two in the nine-way race.
A recent poll showed Murray at the top the pack with 22 percent of the vote. Incumbent Mike McGinn was at 21 percent.
Today, dozens of Murray supporters came to the Belltown bar, which was adorned with the candidate’s trademark blue-and-yellow campaign signs and accented with table cloths and napkins of the same color.
A large stage was set up for Murray to speak at after the results are released around 8:15 p.m. But early on, a large screen behind the stage showed an episode of Wheel of Fortune.
Also spotted at the party was City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who has endorsed Murray.
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 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Need some help sorting through the nine candidates for mayor? Our Seattle Times mayoral guide is here, giving you everything you need to make your choice.
Get to know the contenders — their neighborhoods, families and management experience — then get an idea of where they align on the issues facing the city, like transit, police reform and parking rates. Our political reporters will update the guide, as needed, throughout the race, and include links to news and opinion.
Love the Sodo arena and aPodments but hate parking rates and tent cities? Our guide will show you which candidates share those views.
Learn who stands alone on transit planning, and which candidate refused to say whether she has a pet.
We’ll tell you the hurdle each needs to overcome, and their big ideas for making Seattle a better place.
So get ready. Ballots are due Aug. 6.
July 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Charlie Staadecker, struggling in the polls, has settled on a strategy for winning votes for Seattle mayor: portraying himself as the race’s version of Dos Equis’ “most interesting man in the world.”
Staadecker, a realtor and arts patron, has made five web videos parodying the popular Mexican beer commercials.
The first video, posted online Monday, starts by touting Staadecker’s shoe collection and diet and then depicts the candidate himself dressed in a light suit and traditional bow tie, seated in a swanky restaurant.
“I don’t always run for mayor of Seattle,” he says in the video. “But when I do, I will fix the problems we face every day.”
Then a narrator’s voice comes on: “He is the most qualified candidate in the race.”
Staadecker closes by saying “So stay informed and vote, my friends.”
The other, similarly themed ads are centered on public safety, education, jobs and infrastructure, according to the campaign.
Asked about the ads, Staadecker said they’re meant to show that “along the way we can have a little bit of fun with some serious issues.”
“Life is too short not to have fun,” he said.
Hamilton McCulloh, a campaign spokesman, said they have not yet decided whether to also run the ads on television or radio.
July 2, 2013 at 7:18 AM
State Sen. Ed Murray, getting a rating of “outstanding,” topped the nine-candidate field in the Seattle mayor’s race in ratings released today by the Municipal League.
Mayor Mike McGinn and former City Councilmemeber Peter Steinbrueck were rated “very good;” City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and real-estate broker Charles Staadecker were rated “good.”
The Municipal League characterizes its ratings as nonpartisan assessments of candidates’ involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge. Sixty volunteers spent a combined 2,000 hours evaluating 80 candidates for city, county, port and school-board positions.
For a complete list of the ratings, see www.munileagueratings.org.
June 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Former King County Executive Ron Sims Thursday threw his support in the Seattle mayor’s race to State Sen. Ed Murray, citing Murray’s ability to build coalitions to improve transportation and the city’s schools.
“I really was enthusiastic about endorsing him. I want him to be the next mayor of Seattle,” said Sims, who retired last year as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Speaking at Murray’s campaign headquarters on Capitol Hill, Sims praised Murray’s vision and leadership and said Murray was the only politician to approach him about solving problems in the city’s schools, rather than as an African American politician with clout in the black community. Sims noted that other mayors including New York City’s Michael Bloomberg and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel, had gotten involved in improving their city’s public schools.
“They know if you don’t have great schools, you can’t have a great city,” Sims said.
Sims also pointed to Murray’s work in the Legislature to win transportation funding for light rail, buses and to replace the Highway 99 viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel.
“He’s the one person able to form a coalition and get transportation done,” Sims said.
Sims had contemplated jumping into the crowded mayor’s race earlier this spring and in one early poll was even leading, despite not being a candidate. Murray called Sims’ support “the most significant endorsement I will receive during the race.”
Murray has picked up a string of key endorsements this week, including from the Greater Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Conservation Voters.
The Sims endorsement will be a particular disappointment to City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who has described Sims as a friend and a mentor. Mayor Mike McGinn has also sought the votes of the city’s ethnic and immigrant communities.
In endorsing Murray, Sims said he wasn’t “anti-McGinn.” But he did say that under McGinn’s leadership the city has “lost its flash” and ran the risk of ending up a city in decline such as Gary, Ind. or Cleveland. And he said the current bickering and tension in city government makes it a less appealing place for the federal government to make investments.
“Seattle had a reputation in the past as being able to pull the whole region behind it. Those coalitions are gone. It’s hard to pull people together, but Senator Murray has proven he can do it again and again.”
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