Pol Who Led Gay Marriage Fight Wins Seattle Mayor’s Race

Ed Murray knocks off incumbent Mike McGinn

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The Washington state senator who led the successful effort to legalize same-sex marriage will be Seattle’s next mayor.

State Senator Ed Murray won 56 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reports, knocking off incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. Washington state conducts all elections by mail-in ballots and the results were tallied over the course of two days.

A longtime state lawmaker, Murray will become Seattle’s first openly gay mayor. He pushed for years to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, which voters approved in a referendum last year.

In the race to lead the northwest’s largest city, both mayoral candidates campaigned on a liberal platform that included new taxes, a $15 minimum wage and legalizing marijuana, but in declaring victory, Murray stressed that he will focus on competent government. “We want Seattle to be an example of how government can function,” Murray said.

[AP]

2 comments
sacredh
sacredh

"In the race to lead the northwest’s largest city, both mayoral candidates campaigned on a liberal platform that included new taxes, a $15 minimum wage and legalizing marijuana"

And that is the difference between liberals and TPers. The TPers want no limits on how little you can pay people, cut taxes for those that make the most money and the hell with the disadvantaged. Oh yeah, No BJs either.

Chosun1
Chosun1

I've known McGinn going back to before the time he was mayor.  He was a fairly incompetent attorney and he was an even worse mayor.  That Seattle ever elected him to office was a testament to how gullible voters were and how poorly the press or anyone else looked into McGinn.  Although I don't agree with Murray on many core issues, I surely hope he'll deliver on his promise of competent government.  Indeed, competent government was the right issue to run on against McGinn.