Seattle on its Way to Electing a New Mayor

Nov 5, 2013


Seattle may soon have a new mayor.

State Sen. Ed Murray carried 56 percent of the vote in the first round of ballot counting Tuesday night, building a lead over incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, many ballots were not counted Tuesday.

The two candidates have embraced similar policy proposals, including a $15 minimum wage, new taxes and legal marijuana. The campaign largely centered on a difference in style, with Murray seeking a more collaborative way of governing and McGinn saying that a leader can't appease everybody when pushing major policy changes.

Murray's message helped him build a broad coalition of backers, including substantial endorsements and financial support.

Murray was the architect of the state's gay marriage law.