The speculation can come to a halt. State Sen. Ed Murray wants in on Seattle's 2013 mayoral race. He's expected to announce as much this afternoon at 1 p.m. during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
As the Seattle Times reported this morning, Murray announced his intention Wednesday to form an exploratory committee to "gauge support before pulling the trigger to challenge Mayor Mike McGinn." Whether it proves to be a formality or not, the decision firmly declares that Murray has eyes for the Seattle mayor's office and hopes to transition from the state legislature to city politics in his hometown.
As the Times notes:
[Murray] left no doubt he wants to run. "I'm not going to sit here and tease people. I'm not going to play that game. It's my intention to run," he said in an interview Tuesday in downtown Seattle.
Bolstered by his orchestration of the successful Referendum 74 campaign that brought same-sex marriage to Washington, Murray is a local (and national) civil rights hero who - if he does ultimately decide to run - has to be seen as a top contender in what's shaping up to be a crowded field of politicians vying for the job currently held by Mike McGinn.
However, the Times notes Murray has a couple important items on his plate before formally getting into the race.
From the Times:
Murray said there are two hurdles to clear before formally becoming a candidate. One is to corral support in Seattle. The second is to lead the Senate Democrat caucus through the next legislative session -- and get done in time to remain a viable mayoral candidate. State law freezes fundraising for state lawmakers 30 days before the legislative session starts, and the ban lasts until they conclude business.
Find the press release trumpeting Murray's press conference on the following page ...
From the Murray camp:
State Senate Majority Leader Ed Murray to Make a Major Announcement about His Intentions Regarding Upcoming Seattle Mayoral Race at Press Event Today
State Senator Ed Murray, long considered one of the leading potential candidates for Seattle mayor in 2013, will make a major announcement about whether or not he intends to enter the mayoral race at a press event in the heart of his legislative district on Capitol Hill this afternoon.
The Seattle Times recently wrote that "voter approval of same-sex marriage in Washington State has given Murray national stature as a civil rights champion" and added that Murray is "the most experienced politician to consider the Seattle mayor's race." Murray, who was recently elected leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, will be joined by dozens of friends and supporters at the event.