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June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted today not to consider a public campaign-financing bill for the November ballot. Seattle voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have levied a property tax to create a public financing system for city council elections last year. Councilmember Mike O’Brien sought to have a similar measure referred to his committee for consideration in time…

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June 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Murray picks up three more endorsements

In a big week for Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray, the veteran state Senator today picked up key endorsements from City Attorney Pete Holmes, City Councilmember Tim Burgess and immigrant rights advocate Pramila Jayapal. All emphasized Murray’s ability to collaborate on important issues and contrasted his leadership style with that of incumbent mayor Mike McGinn, whose administration Holmes…

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May 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Tim Burgess quits Seattle mayor’s race

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess has dropped out of the Seattle mayor’s race. In a statement released this afternoon — hours before the filing deadline — Burgess said the city needs new and visionary leadership, and expressed concern that having too many candidates in the race might hinder that goal. “Instead, I will continue to…

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March 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Burgess says he’ll spend more on road maintenance

Corrected version: A previous version of this story misstated the amount supported by Burgess and McGinn to study light rail to Ballard.

Like many a mayoral candidate (and mayor) before him,  Seattle Councilmember Tim Burgess today said he’d do a better job at fixing potholes and addressing the road-maintenance backlog in the city if he’s elected mayor.

Standing near an intersection on Capitol Hill, Burgess pointed to a patched stretch of pavement on East Pike Street and then to an unpatched crater on Boylston Avenue, about 10 yards  away, and questioned why city repair crews hadn’t gotten to both.

Burgess said he’d change the strategy for fixing streets from what he called a “worst first” approach to one that would divide the city into grids and direct the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to repair streets in a more systematic and proactive way.

“Our city transportation system is falling apart. That’s unacceptable,” Burgess said.

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March 7, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Poll puts McGinn re-election support at 15 percent in crowded field

A new Survey USA poll conducted for KING 5 finds weak numbers for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as he heads into his re-election campaign.

The poll of 647 registered voters, which tested McGinn against several announced and rumored rivals, found just 15 percent of voters said they’d support the incumbent. That was tied with former King County Executive Ron Sims, who has so far announced no plans to run. Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who has announced his campaign, placed third with 10 percent support.

The rest of the field, including state Sen. Ed Murray, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, managed only single-digit support. And 34 percent of voters said they are simply undecided.

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January 9, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Burgess raised $75,000 in December for mayoral run

Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess says he has more than $80,000 in hand after two months of raising money for his mayoral run. Burgess sent out his latest fundraising numbers this afternoon as Mayor Mike McGinn prepares to announce he’s running for re-election. Burgess will report he raised $75,000 in December, bringing his total to…

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December 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Tim Burgess returns City Council war chest

When the Seattle City Council adopted new campaign finance rules in October, it was widely assumed that potential mayoral hopefuls Tim Burgess and Bruce Harrell would transfer surplus money from their 2011 City Council campaigns into the mayor’s race. The new rules prohibited rolling over surplus campaign funds once the law took effect mid-November. Burgess…

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November 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Mayoral candidate tries to woo The Stranger, but offends them instead

Newly announced Seattle mayoral candidate Tim Burgess tried to get off on the right foot yesterday with The Stranger, offering them an exclusive story about his decision to get into the race. In a flattering piece about Burgess, a city councilmember with whom The Stranger has often disagreed, Dominic Holden wrote: “Giving an advance interview to The…

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November 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Staadecker reports a $40,000 early start for his 2013 mayoral campaign

Local realtor Charlie Staadecker reports he has raised $40,000 in the first month of his 2013 campaign for Seattle mayor. Staadecker, 69, of Mount Baker, runs a commercial real estate firm. His campaign kicked off a month ago with a theme song and four pillars: education, jobs and economic security, quality of life, and safety…

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