by Mike Andrew -
SGN Staff Writer
State Sen. Ed Murray continues to pull in key endorsements in his bid to become mayor of Seattle.
At the 34th Legislative District endorsement meeting on June 12, Murray received his second sole endorsement from a Seattle Democratic district organization. He has also won the sole endorsement in the 43rd District, which he represents in Olympia.
The 34th District lies in West Seattle, where Murray spent much of his childhood.
'The vote-rich area is considered to be up for grabs in this mayoral election, so for Ed to be able to claim a sole endorsement from the local Dem organization is a major boost to his campaign,' consultant Sandeep Kaushik said in a statement.
'Murray also has endorsements from West Seattle elected officials: Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, state Sen. Sharon Nelson, and [King County] Councilmember Joe McDermott,' Kaushik continued.
SUPPORTER LIST GROWS
Only two days before the 34th District endorsement meeting, Murray's campaign announced he had been endorsed by nine former supporters of City Council member Tim Burgess, who withdrew from the race for mayor on May 17.
Calling Murray 'a leader who will bring people together to get things done,' the nine, all of them high-ranking former Seattle city officials, wrote a letter to other Burgess supporters, inviting them to join the Murray camp.
'After evaluating the remaining challengers and their priorities, experience, and skills, we now enthusiastically support and endorse Ed Murray for Mayor of Seattle. We invite you to join us,' they wrote.
Signatures on the letter included Patricia McInturff, former director of human services; Adrienne Quinn, former director of housing; Ken Bounds, former superintendent of parks; Bea Kelleigh, former director of the Division of Early Learning and Family Support; Brenda Bauer, former director of fleets and facilities; Hunter Handsfield, former director of the STD Control Program, Public Health - Seattle and King County; Terri Kimball, former director of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Division, Department of Human Services; Linda Cannon, former acting director of the Seattle Office of Intergovernmental Relations; and Linda Gorton, former senior manager of human services.
Murray also received additional labor endorsements from Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 609 which represents custodial, food service, grounds, and safety and security employees at the Seattle School District, and from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46.
He previously has been endorsed by the Seattle-King County Building Trades Council and by the Sheet Metal Workers Local 66.
Despite being prohibited by law from raising campaign money while the legislature is in session, Murray also led his rivals in donations for the month of May, public disclosure documents show.
Murray brought in more than $100,000, far outpacing his nearest rival, City Council member Bruce Harrell, who took in $71,000. Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn came in third with $47,000, former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck took in $36,000, and real estate broker Charlie Staadecker received $20,000.
In total fundraising to date, Murray is now about even with McGinn, having raised $224,000, compared to McGinn's $228,000.
'We've been running this campaign with one hand tied behind our back,' Kaushik told SGN, referring to the fundraising obstacles Murray faces as a sitting state legislator. 'We've only had 28 days of fundraising in the entire campaign.'
Nevertheless, Kaushik said, 'we feel good' about the state of the race.
While Murray still cannot raise money - the legislature is now in its second special session - the independent group People for Ed Murray is raising contributions to spend in an independent campaign to promote his candidacy.
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