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Primarily Speaking is an on-going blog series brought to you by the Spring Interns at the Washington Bus. For questions on content, contact our series editor, Maya Garfinkel.
"To Olympia and Back with Ed Murray" by Brigit Rossbach
Ed Murray is currently the Leader of the Democratic Party in our state Senate and is running to be your mayor! He has served in state legislature since 1995, representing the 43rd district, which includes Fremont, the University District, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, and parts of Downtown. In his years in the Senate, he has done some great things for the young people in the state of Washington. He helped keep the Guaranteed Education Credits alive, allowing more Washington youth to go to college at an affordable rate. He was the prime sponsor of an act in 2002 that has protected LGBTQ youth from harassment and discrimination in schools, and was the prime sponsor of the Marriage Equality bill that passed last year. He was endorsed by the National Human Rights campaign and is a powerful leader for equality. There are some concerns about whether he has a vision for Seattle and a firm grasp on the issues facing the city, considering that his long standing focus has been on state issues. Overall Ed Murray has championed progressive issues that are good for young people of both our city and state.
Check back soon for Primarily Speaking Vol. #3, where we'll discuss fellow challenger Tim Burgess.
Primarily Speaking is an on-going blog series brought to you by the Spring Interns at the Washington Bus. For questions on content, contact our series editor, Maya Garfinkel at hellabus[at]washingtonbus[dot]org.
Overview by Maya Garfinkel
Still recovering from November? In Washington State political withdrawal? Still cleaning out your inbox of campaign emails? Well, get excited, because here in Seattle we have a whole lot of influential seats up for election this November! Primarily Speaking will discuss our city's candidates, political structure and all the mystery that comes with both. Following the August 6th primary, two mayoral candidates will advance to the November election. We are kicking it off with a glance at the incumbent, Mayor Mike McGinn. For more information on this unique candidate, check out his op-ed in response to his fellow candidate Ed Murray.
"The Unconventional Incumbent, Mike McGinn" by Thomas Shewe
The visionaries over yonder across the mountains at New Era Colorado are absolutely owning the Denver mayoral election right now. With their own version of Candidate Survivor coming up soon, they've assembled a hilarious re-creation of MTV cribs featuring six candidates with one shocking twist: NONE OF THEM HAVE A POOL (but one has a rock collection).
No better way to identify and humanize candidates then make them explain the Miller Genuine Draft in their fridge or defend their perfectly coiffed hair to a highly sensitive bald interviewer: