A preliminary budget analysis shows the move would cost Seattle an additional $690,000 in payroll and benefit costs.
Sen. Ed Murray has resigned as leader of the Senate Democrats following his election as mayor of Seattle, but he wasn’t yet resigning from the Senate in order to continue to represent the 43rd District during the special session that started on Thursday.
Mike McGinn has formally conceded defeat to Ed Murray in the Seattle mayor’s race.
Seattle’s mayoral candidates are fairly similar when it comes to their policy views, so voters returning their ballots Tuesday may be left to choose between styles as both men position themselves as the more liberal choice for voters in the Northwest’s largest city.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn faces Sen. Ed Murray, City Councilman Tim Burgess and former City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck in his run for reelection.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn tweeted Wednesday that he has made a friendly bet with Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray over Sunday’s playoff game between the Seahawks and Redskins.
Sen. Ed Murray, the newly anointed Democratic leader in the state Senate, said Wednesday he intends to run for Seattle mayor next year.