He just released this statement:
Statement from State Senator Ed Murray
SEATTLE-- Citing the challenges of mounting a viable write-in campaign and the need to focus on the upcoming fight to approve Referendum 71, State Senator Ed Murray has decided not to enter the mayoral race this year. Murray had been asked by civic and community leaders to consider entering the race as an experienced, proven and progressive alternative to the two finalists, Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan .
Murray issued the following statement :
"While I am deeply concerned for the future of our city and Michael and I are honored to have been approached by so many people and organizations we admire and respect, I am also a realist: write-in campaigns are extremely difficult, and time is short. Also, the recognition yesterday that Referendum 71 will appear on the fall ballot galvanized my decision.
I considered a write in campaign because I was concerned that one candidate wanted to reopen a fight with the state when we need to work together. The other candidate who seeks to become our civic leader has failed to engage in civic activities including on the most basic level, voting, something Americans in the south have died for in our lifetime .
I considered running because I believe Seattle is greater than the selfish conversation in the Mayor’s race. Missing are issues and leadership on social justice. Issues of poverty and civil rights. This campaign to date has been about one bridge and one neighborhood. Issues such as our schools, neighborhoods and diversity are missing from this debate .
I urge the candidates to broaden their messages and address the critical issues facing our city and look forward to working with one of them as our next mayor. "
In addition to the number above, Murray will be available at Drinking Liberally this evening .