Sen. Ed Murray, the newly anointed Democratic leader in the state Senate, said Wednesday he intends to run for Seattle mayor next year.
Murray is establishing an exploratory committee and will work in the coming months to build the foundation for a campaign. Because of rules for state lawmakers, Murray soon will be unable to raise money until the Legislature completes next year’s session.
A crowded field is expected in the mayor’s race. Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess has already entered the campaign.The Associated Press