Seattle mayor denies knowing accuser, who has gone public

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

She follows closely on the heels of former Mayor Mike McGinn in making her declaration, after he announced his candidacy Monday morning.

However earlier this month a man sued Murray, saying 30 years ago he sexually abused him when he was a teen.

McGinn said he wouldn't make the suit an issue during the election (and challenger Nikkita Oliver said as much in a statement last week), but regardless of the truth of the claims, it's certain to be a chink in Murray's armor heading into the primary against almost a dozen opponents.

Though McGinn didn't say it explicitly and Moon refused to comment on it in an interview with The Stranger, the high-profile suit against Murray could certainly have helped them make the final decision to run.

"I think we keep measuring in terms of officers", he said Monday.

Murray, who led the push to increase Seattle's minimum wage to $15 an hour, was not expected to face serious competition for re-election. "It's harder and harder to be able to afford to live here". "McGinn said the city should scale up programs that are working and cut others", which is the same case Murray has made for what his administration is now doing.

McGinn also pledged to support a city-wide income tax this year, though he's certain it would immediately be challenged in court.

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McGinn, a former Sierra Club activist and attorney, was an often a combative presence at City Hall who thrilled some but often annoyed Seattle's power structure. McGinn pushed a 2011 citywide referendum on the tunnel project. The tunnel is now scheduled to open in 2019, three years behind schedule.

In a press conference at his Greenwood home this morning, McGinn said he's "really trying to avoid talking about the mayor's legal troubles", but that he "looked at the lay of the land" before announcing.

On policing, he criticized highly public incidents of excessive force, but resisted the 2012 reform plan brought down by the U.S. Justice Department.

"We believe that the people of Seattle do not want to return to those bad old days of failed and divisive governance".

At his news conference, McGinn said: "I've had time to reflect on my time in office".

"The last four years of Mayor Murray's leadership stand in sharp contrast to the previous administration, when Mike McGinn was mayor", a portion of the statement reads.

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