Murray’s mayoral campaign backed by majority of Seattle City Council

Seattle TimesSeptember 19, 2013 

Jean Godden today became the fifth Seattle city councilmember to endorse state Sen. Ed Murray for mayor, giving Murray the support of a majority of the nine-member council.

During a news conference at Murray’s Capitol Hill campaign office, Godden said Murray would “restore trust and cooperation between the council and the mayor.” Godden said McGinn had not reached out to her for a one-on-one meeting in more than two years. That’s a contrast to previous Mayor Greg Nickels, with whom Godden said she had regularly scheduled quarterly meetings.

But McGinn’s office disputed Godden’s account, saying the mayor had met personally with her last fall and offered to schedule more meetings if she wanted. “We have a good relationship with her office and have always accommodated requests for information,” spokesman Aaron Pickus said in an email, adding that the McGinn has offered regular meetings to every council member.

Murray, who is now the state Senate's Democratic leader, argued he’d ensure a more collaborative relationship with the council.

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