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Ed Murray Declares Victory in Seattle Mayoral Race, Will Be City's First Out Gay Mayor: VIDEO

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Ed Murray, an 18-year veteran of Washington's legislature and an architect of Washington state's marriage equality law, declared victory in the Seattle mayoral race on Tuesday night, defeating incumbent mayor Mike McGinn. He'll be the city's first openly gay mayor.

The Seattle Times reports:

Murray grabbed a commanding 56 percent of the votes counted on election night, compared with 43 percent for McGinn.

At a jubilant party at Neumos on Capitol Hill, Murray took the stage before 9 p.m. to cheers and hugs from supporters, including a pack of elected leaders who’d endorsed him.

Signaling the change in tone he hopes to bring to City Hall, Murray said his campaign “was energized by the belief that Seattle can show the nation that government can work once again.”

Although he acknowledged votes remain to be counted, Murray said if current trends hold, “we are here tonight to declare victory.”

About 90,000 votes were counted in the mayor’s race Tuesday. If King County elections officials’ estimate of 57 percent turnout in Seattle hold, McGinn would have to capture 54 percent or more of the remaining votes to make up his big deficit — a virtually impossible task.

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  1. Gayor!

    Posted by: woody | Nov 6, 2013 7:37:07 AM


  2. He's also a major recipient of funds from Comcast in their effort to oppose expansion of competitive gigabit internet services. Major win for corporate monopoly in seattle.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/31/comcast-is-donating-heavily-to-defeat-the-mayor-who-is-bringing-gigabit-fiber-to-seattle/

    Posted by: jeo | Nov 6, 2013 8:34:41 AM


  3. Really sad news. McGinn was the progressive in the race. Murray will be utterly useless as mayor just as he was as a representative. Sometimes the gay choice isn't the best choice.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 6, 2013 9:09:31 AM


  4. He's also on record stating he'll put a moratorium on ride share programs like Uber and Lyft. Oh well... it was nice while it lasted having an alternative to taxis that never show up or drivers that hassle you about using a credit card.

    Just because he's gay doesn't make up for the fact that he's a corporate shill.

    Posted by: Biff | Nov 6, 2013 12:03:48 PM


  5. Ed's a great guy and will be a wonderful mayor. The reason some companies were backing him is that the incumbent mayor is a dunderheaded fool who can't work with people who disagree with him. Ed's hardly a corporate shill just because some companies have contributed to his campaign.

    As for "utterly useless," thanks to Ed's efforts over many, many years I was able to marry my partner of 16+ years last December and I can proudly and legally call him my husband.

    The voters of Seattle (an EXTREMELY progressive city) have chosen Ed by a margin of 13 points. Perhaps they (we) know something after all.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Nov 6, 2013 2:24:27 PM


  6. Just going off what that photo is showing me, Seattle elected a gay mayor with no less than 8 significant others? That's pretty progressive!!!

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 6, 2013 6:58:01 PM


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