When it rains, it pours.
At a press conference Friday morning three more highly respected Seattle leaders announced they were offering their enthusiastic endorsement for State Senator Ed Murray and his campaign to become the next mayor of Seattle.
City Councilmember Tim Burgess, formerly considered one of the frontrunners in the mayoral race; City Attorney Pete Holmes, a strong progressive voice for police reform; and Pramila Jayapal, the founder and until recently executive director of OneAmerica, which works to empower immigrant and refugee communities, all stood with Murray at his campaign headquarters to offer their support for his mayoral bid.
“Ed Murray is a proven progressive leader, is trustworthy and will get things done. He understands the importance of true collaboration: with the City Council, with community leaders and with all of the neighborhoods of Seattle. Ed has a long record of bringing people together to accomplish great things for Seattle,” Burgess said. “Ed has the necessary experience and leadership skills to be a strong and effective Mayor. He shares my passion for our city, and he is the best choice, by far.”
Burgess was considered one of the potential frontrunners in the mayoral race until deciding in May not to enter the fray.
Holmes stressed Murray’s commitment to public safety and police reform in offering his support.
“I know Ed Murray, and I know he is the right person to lead Seattle as we deal with a police department that is under a consent decree from the US Department of Justice,” Holmes said. “Implementing lasting reform will require building productive partnerships and demonstrating the judgment that leads to our identifying the best possible person to serve as our next police chief. It will require a commitment to change, rather than resistance to it. Ed has those skills, and he has that commitment.”
Jayapal spoke of the importance of having a mayor who has a proven track record on civil rights and can deliver results for Seattle’s growing immigrant and refugee communities.
“Over his 18 years of public service representing Seattle in Olympia. Ed Murray has proven not only his commitment to progressive values, but also his ability to convert those values into tangible results,” Jayapal said. “Whether it was convincing Republicans to support landmark appropriations for farmworker housing or prime sponsoring the state Dream Act, Ed has been there for our communities.”
These three endorsements of Murray today come on the heels of three major endorsements on the preceding two days. Murray received sole endorsements from both Washington Conservation Voters, Washington State’s leading environmental organization, and the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy, the political arm of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, followed by an endorsement yesterday from former King County Executive and HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims.