Washington state Senator Ed Murray on
Wednesday announced he intends to run for Seattle mayor next year.
If elected, Murray would become the
first openly gay person to lead the city.
Murray said he is establishing an
“I want to put down my marker,”
Murray said. “I want to start having conversations with people.”
Democrats elected Murray, who played a
pivotal role in passage of Washington's gay marriage law, to be their
Murray told alternative weekly The
Stranger that he's looking to run on his credentials, not his
“It can work both ways,” he said.
“If people see me just as the gay candidate, they will vote against
me. Even gay people will vote against me. I have to be the gay who
“If I win, it will be because people
know I am a legislator who has been able to accomplish things on
civil rights and who gets things done.”
Legislative rules will keep Murray from
raising money until after the end of the upcoming legislative
Equal Rights Washington on Thursday
immediately sent out a call for donations.
“There is no time to waste – the
mayoral campaign has begun, and Ed needs us to have his back now,”
the group said in an email to supporters. “Unlike other
candidates, starting this Friday night Ed can't accept campaign
donations until the legislative session ends in late April. It is
absolutely critical that we get our contributions in today and
tomorrow before Ed's window of opportunity closes.”