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posted Friday, October 18 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 42
Steinbrueck endorses Murray for mayor - Support for neighborhoods and living-wage jobs cited as reasons for former councilmember's choice
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Steinbrueck endorses Murray for mayor - Support for neighborhoods and living-wage jobs cited as reasons for former councilmember's choice

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

'Welcome to Cloud City Coffee, the heart of the 46th District, and my regular coffee shop for the past eleven and a half years!' Peter Steinbrueck beamed as he stood next to Ed Murray at an October 17 campaign event.

Steinbrueck, a former City Council member and the third-place finisher in the August mayoral primary, hosted Murray and some 50 supporters at the north-end coffee shop, where he endorsed his former rival.

Steinbrueck has been attending Murray's campaign events for several weeks, telling reporters he was 'doing his due diligence' before deciding whom to endorse in the race for mayor of Seattle.

MOM KNOWS BEST
It was his mother, he told the crowd, who gave him the final push to endorse Murray.

He called her recently to discuss potential endorsements, he said, and asked her what he should do about the mayor's race.

'That's easy!' she told him. 'Endorse Ed! What are you waiting for?'

Apart from his mother's influence, Steinbrueck said he and Murray had been talking over the main issues in the race for several weeks, and found they had general agreement on where they wanted the city to go.

'During the primary election forums, I often found myself listening to Peter and saying to myself, 'I like what he has to say,' Murray agreed.

Steinbrueck, who introduced the issue of gender equity into the mayoral campaign this year, said he was 'overwhelmed, just stunned' by Murray's successful 'Winning With Women' campaign event.

Seattle came in dead last in a survey of major cities for pay equity between men and women, Steinbrueck noted, and Murray has promised to take immediate action to correct such gender disparities.

A SHARED AGENDA
Murray's campaign also used the event to issue new position papers on 'Neighborhoods' and 'Industrial Growth,' which Murray said had been written with significant input from Steinbrueck.

Holding up a thick binder containing the Seattle Comprehensive Plan, Steinbrueck charged that the city plan has 'languished' under the McGinn administration.

'I have only respect for Mayor McGinn, for his passion and conviction,' Steinbrueck said, 'but his administration left many of us disappointed.'

Long an advocate of neighborhood-based planning, Steinbrueck said, 'Ed understands that neighborhoods are what makes this city great.' In his campaign paper, Murray promises to 'reinvigorate neighborhood planning' and 'support neighborhood commercial districts' with transit options and new capital projects.

Murray criticized his opponent for failing to adhere to the established planning process.

'Seattle 'process' is sometimes a challenge,' he noted, 'but lack of process is an even bigger problem.'

REVITALIZING INDUSTRY
Steinbrueck also spoke about developing what he called the city's 'maritime industrial cluster,' based in the area south of downtown, around the seaport and adjoining rail yards.

'This is where living-wage jobs are found, and where they can be grown,' he emphasized.

Murray promised to convene a 'blue-ribbon Mayor's Maritime and Industrial Council,' including shipping and manufacturing interests, 'engaging them in a new initiative to preserve and grow these critically important economic sectors.'

On the controversial issue of a new sports arena in SoDo, Murray said he thought the city could have 'both industrial growth and a new arena,' but that freight mobility - the ability to move goods from the port to their destination quickly and cheaply - was the key to a sound local economy.

Murray also said he would 'revive the biotech industry in South Lake Union,' in hopes of creating an additional middle-class jobs base.

When asked if he expected to hire Steinbrueck for his new administration, Murray laughed.

'I don't have the job myself, yet. I don't have a job to offer,' he said.

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