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posted Friday, March 8, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 10
SGN exclusive interview: Ed Murray reacts to HRC endorsement
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SGN exclusive interview: Ed Murray reacts to HRC endorsementMurray

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington State Sen. Ed Murray says he is more than 'happy' and 'appreciative' to get the endorsement of HRC in his run for mayor of Seattle.

Speaking to SGN by phone from Olympia, where he is the Senate minority leader (Democrats still comprise a majority of senators but have lost formal control of the chamber), Murray said he was 'personally moved' by HRC's endorsement.

'HRC has usually focused on national issues,' he noted. 'It can't be an easy decision to change that and get into local politics.'

The huge LGBT rights organization announced its support for Murray on February 28. Besides Murray, the only other mayoral candidate HRC is backing is Christine Quinn, a Lesbian who is favored to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor of New York.

LARGE STATE MEMBERSHIP
Murray added that he looked forward to support from HRC's estimated 65,000 members in Washington.

'I have to admit I wasn't aware of the size of their membership in this state! We'll want to get all of them involved in the campaign,' he said.

Murray confessed he was 'a little embarrassed' by HRC's glowing description of him as a 'historical figure' in the LGBT movement.

'I know I've been part of the history of our movement in this state,' Murray told SGN, 'along with others, not just me. When we've finally won and we look back, yes, I'll be part of that history.'

In his 18 years in the state legislature, first as a representative and later as a senator from Seattle's 43rd District, Murray has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker willing to commit to multi-year campaigns to pass legislation.

In 2006 Murray won passage of the Anderson-Murray Civil Rights Act, named for him and his predecessor, the late Cal Anderson, banning discrimination against LGBT Washingtonians. Murray was also the driving force behind a series of domestic partnership bills, leading up to the Marriage Equality Act passed last year.

TAKING THE LONG VIEW
'I do try and look at the long-term,' Murray said, 'and bring people together with a common vision of how to go forward. It sounds trite, but that's really the way you achieve things.'

Asked about his long-term plans if he is elected Mayor, Murray ticked off a list of issues.

'Right now we have a crisis in our police department,' he said, referring to a harshly critical Justice Department report on Seattle police and the subsequent infighting between Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes over how to reform SPD.

'I want this city to have a model urban police department, one that other cities look to as an example.

'We also have to get a handle on our aging infrastructure,' Murray added. 'We have to rebuild it in a way that's sustainable in the long term.

'If there's a natural disaster our infrastructure could not cope with it, and people will suffer - especially poor people will suffer. [Hurricane] Katrina showed that. We have to have a plan in place to deal with that possibility.

SEATTLE NEEDS VISION
'The city wants to move forward with transit. There are competing visions on how to do that, and this won't be completed in four years, but we have to start working out what we want.

'The city is not responsible for the school district, but I think we need to ask what kind of school system do we want? Do we want to attract families, or not attract families? That's important to the long-term economic future of the city.'

Admitting he had outlined 'an aggressive agenda,' Murray told SGN he enjoyed the challenge of big projects.

'I like to work on big things, not just the easy things,' Murray said. 'Look at my history in the legislature - the civil rights bill, the domestic partnerships bills, marriage, working on the state's budget ...

'It keeps me out of trouble,' Murray laughed. 'I'm less bothersome when I have a lot to work on.'

Although Murray is prohibited from raising campaign contributions while the legislature is in session, he says his campaign is 'in excellent financial shape,' due to a huge influx of cash in the days after his initial announcement last December.

'Last time I checked we still had the most cash on hand' of any mayoral candidate, he told SGN.

'That will change, but we'll be able to catch up again later in the year. Right now we've actually been turning money back,' he said, because of the fundraising restriction.

'That's both a good thing for a politician and not a good thing,' he chuckled.

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