Topic: Seattle mayor’s race
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September 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Seattle mayoral candidate Sen. Ed Murray said today he would hire 100 new police officers to help address crime in the city and rebuild the ranks of the force, after numbers have fallen over the past four years with retirements and a police hiring freeze because of city budget cuts. The remarks represented a contrast with Mayor Mike McGinn, who has proposed funding 15 new officers in 2014.
Murray’s plan calls for 25 new officers each year for the next four years, above attrition. He said the staffing levels are below similarly sized cities at the same time Seattle continues to grow.
Murray’s call for more police came at the annual breakfast in support of Real Change, the advocacy newspaper for homeless and low-income people. McGinn and Murray were featured speakers and addressed half-a-dozen questions about poverty, social services and homelessness posed by moderator C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX news.
McGinn said police are not the solution and again questioned whether there was a downtown crime problem. He accused The Seattle Times of manufacturing a summer crime spike to undermine his candidacy. He said the enforcement-only model failed in the national War on Drugs and that he has brought people together around his Center City Initiative to tackle the root causes of crime, disorder and untreated mental illness.
Murray said he would not hire new officers until they have the training and skills to avoid problems including bias and excessive use of force, two issues identified by the Department of Justice in its settlement agreement with the city and the SPD.
“I hear it constantly from people who go downtown. They’re hassled or intimidated or mugged. These are not law-and-order, lock em up folks. These are liberal Democrats.”
August 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM
The King County Labor Council failed to endorse any candidate for Seattle mayor after a contentious two-hour meeting tonight. The Council’s Executive Board earlier in the day had recommended a dual endorsement of Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray, but the motion failed to win the needed two-thirds support from the assembled delegates.
Delegates did approve a dual endorsement of Councilman Mike O’Brien and challenger Albert Shen.
The Executive Board could recommend a sole endorsement for mayor at the next Labor Council meeting Sept. 19, said David Freiboth, executive secretary. No incumbent mayor since Paul Schell in 2001 has failed to pick up the Labor Council endorsement.
Not choosing one candidate effectively neutralizes the resources of the Labor Council. Individual unions are still free to mobilize their members in behalf of Murray or McGinn.
Both candidates have picked up endorsements from local affiliates, leaving no clear front-runner for labor in the race. McGinn has the support of the activist unions Unite Here Local 8, which represents hotel and restaurant workers, and the machinists union, while Murray has several maritime and construction unions.
The Labor Council stayed out of the crowded primary because affiliates were divided among the top four candidates, McGinn, Murray, former Councilman Peter Steinbrueck and Councilman Bruce Harrell.
January 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM
After a jubilant re-election campaign kick-off Wednesday, Mayor Mike McGinn turned in a pretty dismal fundraising report for December. He reported raising a $7,985 in December, leaving him with almost $45,000 cash on hand. No wonder he didn’t mention money during his South Seattle speech Wednesday.
McGinn has been fundraising for awhile, so it’s not surprising that other well-known candidates beat him in their first month of fundraising. But they really did beat him by a lot. City Council member Tim Burgess announced yesterday he had raised $75,000 in December. State Sen. Ed Murray, who can’t fundraise during the Legislative session, raised more than $100,000 after announcing his campaign plans.
Even little-known candidate Charlie Staadecker, a commercial real estate agent with no political experience, raised more than $13,000 in December. He, too, has $45,000 in cash on hand, according to reports he filed with the city.
Former council member Peter Steinbrueck, whose fundraising figures are not yet posted on the city elections website, said he has raised about $10,000 since his announcement on Dec. 19.
Granted, McGinn ran a cheap campaign in 2009 and won anyway. But he’s already set up his campaign to cost more money in 2013, hiring consultants and a professional treasurer and fundraiser to help him.
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