At a press conference Wednesday afternoon at The Crocodile, leading members of the Seattle music and nightlife community endorsed Ed Murray for Seattle mayor, praising Senator Murray’s commitment to a vibrant arts, music and nightlife community, a robust and fair economy and a nimble and responsive city government that relentlessly embraces equity.
Seattle music and nightlife supports over 22,000 jobs, $2.6 billion in sales, and generates millions of dollars in taxes on top of providing one of the richest music scenes in the world, and the endorsements of many of the city’s leading nightlife community leaders is a major boost to Murray’s campaign.
“We are a very fortunate city to have two mayoral candidates with progressive values who understand and appreciate the cultural and economic value of the music and nightlife community, but after careful analysis we all agree that Ed Murray will be the more effective mayor,” said Steven Severin, owner of Nuemos, Moe Bar and Barboza.
Other nightlife leaders joining in the community endorsement of Murray include:
- Jessie Summa Kusiak, founder of Skylark;
- Dan Cowan, owner of the Tractor Tavern;
- Susan Silver, Silver Management;
- Marcus Charles, owner the Crocodile; Local 360 Café & Bar;
- Mike Meckling, owner of Neumos, Barboza, Moe Bar, Spitfire;
- Chase Jarvis, artist and founder/chairman of creativeLIVE;
- Jeff Steichen, owner of Batch 206 Distillery;
- Pete Hanning, owner of The Red Door
- Shelley Brothers, owner the Wild Rose
- Travis Rosenthal, owner of Rumba and Tango
- David Meinert, owner 5 Point Café, Big Mario’s, Lost Lake Café
- Anthony Frazier, owner Trinity Nightclub
- Jed Smithson, owner Nectar Lounge
- Curtis Bigelow, owner The Lobby Bar
- James Weimann & Deming Maclise, owners Bastille, Poquitos, Von Trapps
- Dana Sims, owner of El Corazon
The group pointed to Murray’s successful effort during this year’s legislative session to eliminate the misguided, inconsistently applied and culturally counterproductive so-called “Dance Tax” as a key indication of Murray’s ability to deliver concrete results on difficult issues of importance to nightlife and music community leaders.
“Our community faces many challenges as Seattle grows into a 24-hour city. We are concerned about issues around public safety, transportation, housing for artists, tourism, the waterfront redevelopment, social justice and equity, alongside the fundamentals of running the city, including such basic things as sidewalk and street repairs,” said Jessie Summa-Kusiak, founder of West Seattle venue Skylark. “Many of these issues require leadership in the broader region and at the state level, as well as top notch experienced people running the city and its departments. Ed Murray has demonstrated he is best candidate to deliver in that context, and as such we believe he is the clear choice to be Seattle’s next mayor.”
“Ed’s commitment to progressive values, fair and predictable regulation and his ability to bring together broad bipartisan coalitions around complex issues, from transportation to marriage equality, demonstrates why we believe he is the best person to help Seattle’s music and nightlife community continue to be sustainable and grow as Seattle grows,” added David Meinert, owner of The 5 Point Café, Lost Lake Café, Big Mario’s, and former owner of The Capitol Hill Block Party.
“I am truly honored by the endorsement of so many friends and allies in the music community,” Ed Murray said. “I am committed to strengthening Seattle’s already vibrant nightlife community. I appreciate that the music community has been a strong and positive force in advancing Seattle’s shared progressive values. As mayor, I will work to increase the City’s investment in music, nightlife, arts and culture.”