Ed Murray is leading in the mayor's race with 30.24 percent; he's followed by incumbent Mike McGinn at 27.15 percent. Peter Steinbrueck was in a distant second at 16.26 percent. Bruce Harrell was at 15.46 percent.
After raucous shouts of "Four more years!," Mayor Mike McGinn called out his supporters, including the late Kip Tokuda, El Centro de la Raza director Estela Ortega (who introduced the mayor), and labor leaders, at a celebratory election-night event at 95 Slide on Capitol Hill (the same location as his victory party four years ago).
"Four years ago they were asking, how is this environmental and neighborhood activist going to win a mayor's race? And they're still asking it.
"We are thinking about the people who check out your groceries and stock your shelves, the people who’ve been left out. They’re saying, this election is about our future, this election is about the people who don't have a voice."
Meanwhile, at Murray's crowded party at the Crocodile in Belltown, the challenger gave a somewhat stiff victory speech, reading from a stilted, scripted speech.
He was joined on stage by a young, diverse group fronted by some of his political supporters: green Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34, Burien, W. Seattle), liberal City Attorney Pete Holmes (he and Murray exchanged a giant hug), City Council member Tim Burgess, sate Sen. Jeanne Kohl Welles (D-36, Ballard), and state Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43, Capitol Hill).
Murray began by saying: "One thing was clear from the numbers ... Seattle wants new leadership." He was echoing the his campaign team's mantra: 73 percent of the voters went against the incumbent.
During his speech, Murray hit familiar themes saying Seattle had "frayed relationships with regional leaders and Olympia" and he—"unlike the current mayor"—was the one who could "repair" them.
But he also introduced some agenda items of his own: Criticizing the status quo, he cited rising rates of domestic violence in the city (60 percent increase he said), pledging to start a special "family services center" to help victims of DV; the need to "hire a chief of police who will reform the police department and earn the respect of the citizens," and he flagged the drop out rate (45 percent) among immigrant students in Seattle Public Schools. "Some say schools are improving. [Those stats] are not good enough."
Also on his agenda, he said: "City leadership as diverse at the city it serves," noting that during the McGinn era, men dominated leadership positions at city hall. And he also hyped his upcoming marriage to partner Michael Shiosaki (a line that garnered the biggest cheers of the night.)
While Murray said he "didn't want to be the gay mayor or the progressive mayor, I want to be the mayor who gets things done," he did return to gay rights giving a shout out to a staffer who was gay bashed on Capitol Hill "and ended up in Harborview." In his best (only?) unscripted moment he namechecked the man: "Jason said I could use his name...Jason we're thinkin' of you."
Conventional wisdom says McGinn is likely to pick up a few points as the rest of the ballots (50 percent of the expected vote was counted tonight) come in, which may change one read of tonight's results.
Murray contributor ($700 max) Dave Meinert, co-owner of the Crocodile, where Murray fans were bouncing to Deee-Lite jams, quipped: "Second place is a bitch, and it doesn't get any better."
It's going to be an ugly campaign.
Ed Murray 30.24
Mike McGinn 27.15
Peter Steinbrueck 16.26
Bruce Harrell 15.48
Kate Martin 1.85
Mary Martin 1.2
Joey Gray 0.98
Charlie Staadecker 4.59
Doug McQuaid 2.02
Seattle City Council, Position No. 2
Kshama Sawant 32.97
Brian Carver 17.34
Richard Conlin 49.16
Seattle City Council, Position No. 8
David Ishii 6.8
Mike O'Brien 57.37
Albert Shen 35.3
Seattle School District No. 1, Director District No. 4
Dean McColgan 10.8
Sue Peters 41.09
Suzanne Dale Estey 47.55
Seattle School District No. 1, Director District No. 5
LaCrese Green 12.93
Olu Thomas 7.56
Stephan Blanford 78.34
King County Executive
Alan E. Lobdell 12.32
Everett A. Stewart 7.47
Dow Constantine 75.57
Metropolitan King County Council District No. 1
John Fray 5.75
Naomi Wilson 24.16
Rod Dembowski 69.47
Metropolitan King County Council District No. 9
Kristina Macomber 9.27
Shari Song 34.83
Reagan Dunn 55.5
Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position No. 3
Andrew Pilloud 14.87
Michael Wolfe 18.49
Stephanie Bowman 65.92King County Proposition 1, Parks Levy