We are not "in the bag" for any of the mayoral candidates. We've been reporting on all of these guys for years and think they're all brainy, high-quality candidates. (It's the race that should have happened in 2009.)
We like McGinn's 21st century green agenda. We like Tim Burgess' thoughtful, thorough approach to legislation. We like Ed Murray's track record in the state house and senate. We like Bruce Harrell's commitment to race and social justice. And we like Peter Steinbrueck's deep knowledge of city issues. We also look forward to hearing from one long-shot candidate, dogged neighborhood activist Kate Martin, who, admittedly, we think should be running for council instead of mayor.
Here's the flip side: We don't like McGinn's inability to listen. We don't like Tim Burgess' conservative streak. We don't like Ed Murray's lack of familiarity with city issues. We don't like Bruce Harrell's habit of breezing through committee meetings. We don't like Peter Steinbrueck's recent play to the Lesser Seattle crowd (nor his judgment in hiring a pricey consultant—Cathy Allen—for his grassroots campaign.)
And since we gave Steinbrueck two: We don't like the way McGinn has handled the DOJ monitoring agreement. We don't like Burgess' record as past chair of the public safety committee—when all the police accountability stuff blew up. We don't like Murray's lockstep Democratic position on education reform. And we don't like that Harrell seems to think every public safety problem can be addressed by technology.