Seattle Mayoral Race 2013

Election 2013
3:28 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results

In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2013, Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council Kshama Sawant, right, speaks outside City Council chambers in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Several races have swung wildly since the first vote count on Election Day, and it may be because campaigns are getting the hang of Washington’s all-mail elections.

University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto said it’s not uncommon for races to swing a percentage point or two in the days after election night, but not much more than that.

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Politics
11:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

McGinn Concedes Defeat in Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayor Mike McGinn prepares to concede his run for reelection.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has conceded his run for re-election, and called his successor, Ed Murray.

McGinn’s tone was relaxed and candid at the press conference held at his campaign headquarters Thursday.He offered few regrets, but acknowledged he’d made missteps in office and on the campaign trail.

“I may have to question my tactics and how I played it,” said McGinn. “To use a basketball analogy I probably dribbled the ball off my foot a couple of times when I could have made a good pass instead.”

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Election 2013
5:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Murray Defeats McGinn in Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, center, is cheered by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, left, and former Gov. Chris Gregoire at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The leader of Washington state's successful effort to legalize gay marriage is Seattle's next mayor.

Updated election results Wednesday night show state Sen. Ed Murray has 56 percent of the vote.

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12:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Murray Got Free Meals from Comcast Lobbyists

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2013, Sen. Ed Murray speaks during a debate in Seattle with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in their race for mayor.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray accepted free meals from lobbying firms who work with Comcast on 12 occasions over the first four months of this year—with a total estimated benefit of $250.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
4:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Round Two Begins in Seattle Mayoral Election Money Race

401(K) 2012

Now that the Seattle mayoral race has been narrowed down, Ed Murray and Mike McGinn will begin their next wave of fundraising, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting money race.

State Sen. Ed Murray won the primary and has so far won the race for campaign dollars. According to the state Public Disclosure Commission, Murray’s raised about $140,000 more than McGinn. And as of the most recent filings, Murray still had five times as much money in his coffers than the mayor.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
8:32 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Murray, McGinn Leading in Seattle Mayoral Primary

Florangela Davila

KPLU report from Mayor Mike McGinn's election night party.

KPLU report from state Senator Ed Murray's primary election celebration.

A state senator who drove efforts to make gay marriage legal in Washington state was leading in early returns in Seattle's mayoral primary.

Ed Murray had 30 percent of the vote released Tuesday night. Incumbent Mike McGinn, fighting to avoid becoming the second straight mayor ousted by city voters before the general election, had 27 percent.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Fri August 2, 2013

A Leading Question: Staadecker and Textbooks on Vashon

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

As a fourth generation Seattleite with careers in hotels and real estate, as well as his penchant for the arts, Charlie Staadecker has been dubbed “traditional.”  But that doesn’t mean the bow tie-wearing candidate doesn’t enjoy a little bit of campaign fun.

The candidate’s series of YouTube ads parody a Dos Equis commercial.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
10:12 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A Leading Question: McGinn on the Shape of Experience

Paula Wissel

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Of the nine candidates running for mayor of Seattle, only Mike McGinn has first-hand experience. Leading up to next Tuesday’s primary, KPLU has been asking all the candidates to talk about a time when their leadership was tested.

You could say Mayor Mike McGinn’s leadership skills have been put to the test every day for the past 4 years. How he’s dealt with it has a lot to do with a personal change he made shortly after taking office.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Wed July 31, 2013

A Leading Question: Peter Steinbruck and Smart Growth

Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Peter Steinbrueck served on the Seattle City Council for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007.

“They called me the activist council member. I’m also an architect, so I brought my background, experience, training as a problem solver and designer to public policy,” Steinbrueck said.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
8:11 am
Tue July 30, 2013

A Leading Question: Joey Gray and the Lessons of Sport

Ashley Gross KPLU

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Joey Gray doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as the ultimate Frisbee candidate. But she honed a lot of her leadership skills throwing a disc, and later leading the sport nationally as executive director of USA Ultimate.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:23 am
Mon July 29, 2013

A Leading Question: Mary Martin and the Working Class

Courtesy of Mary Martin

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Talk to a candidate long enough and she’ll start repeating herself because she's staying on message, or because it's who she really is.

Like when Mary Martin talks about an upcoming trip to Egypt.

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Politics
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

A Leading Question: Ed Murray's Approach to Winning Gay Rights

Ashley Gross KPLU

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Ed Murray’s Capitol Hill office is on the same block as the Gay City LGBT library. Inside hangs a sign that says "March with Ed in Pride."

Murray wants to be Seattle’s first openly gay mayor. So maybe it won’t surprise you that many of his leadership moments have to do with securing gay and lesbian rights after many setbacks. Take 2005, for example.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

A Leading Question: Bruce Harrell and Lessons from Family Politics

Bruce Harrell stands in front of his boyhood home in the Central District.
Hayat Norimine KPLU

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Bruce Harrell put his campaign headquarters all of three blocks from the house he grew up in, in the Central District. Striding down 23rd Avenue, it's clear his history here is thick. Over and over he gestures toward a house. That's Mr. Buchanan's house, he says, and Mr. Carter's, Mrs. Young's.  

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:25 am
Wed July 24, 2013

A Leading Question: Doug McQuaid and His Pivotal Moments

Doug McQuaid as seen reflected in a favorite wooden sculpture that's in his West Seattle office. The sculpture? An homage to the bronze Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market. McQuaid purchased his sculpture at a Market fundraising auction.
Florangela Davila

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Tue July 23, 2013

A Leading Question: Kate Martin and the Greenwood Bog

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Out of all the candidates running in the 2013 mayoral primary, no one has known incumbent Mike McGinn longer than Kate Martin. The two of them were on the Greenwood Community Council together for almost 10 years. Even though she calls him "Mike," you wouldn't really call them friends.

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