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Extra Fizz: Turning Murray Down?, Shedding Light on the Election, and Endorsing

Extra caffeinated news and gossip featuring the new mayor's office, the Democratic Party, and more election fallout.

By Erica C. Barnett November 27, 2013

1. Mayor-elect Ed Murray reportedly asked former city budget department director Dwight Dively to step in as one of two deputy mayors in his administration, but Dively turned him down, Fizz hears. 

Dively, one of the two chairs of Murray's transition team (the other is Murray's former boss, ex-city council member Martha Choe), was demoted by outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn, who hired King County's deputy finance director, Beth Goldberg, to replace him. Dively ultimately took over as head of the county's budget department. Murray, following McGinn's lead in replacing Dively, has informed Goldberg that she will be relieved of her duties when he takes office in January. 

It's unclear whether Dively will have any formal role in the Murray administration; he has not yet returned calls for comment. 

2. The Machinists Union (District 751) has endorsed Dana Laurent, the former Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest policy director and current executive director of the progressive Win/Win Network, for state Democratic Party chair.

The Machinists Union (District 751) has endorsed Dana Laurent for Washington State Democratic Party Chair.Laurent is running to replace Dwight Pelz, who announced plans to step down back in September, nine months after his party lost control of the state senate when two conservative Democrats, Rodney Tom (D-48) and Tim Sheldon (D-35) defected to join Republicans in the Majority Coalition Caucus.

The Machinists represent Boeing aerospace workers, who voted to reject a contract earlier this year that would have required them to give up their traditional pensions and pay more for health care. 

3. King County Elections will release canvassing numbers, precinct by precinct breakdown— this afternoon. 

The numbers should shed some light on which electoral precincts voted for which candidate in three key races that swung hard in the days after the formal election day, November 5: the mayor's race (which Murray won, but in which McGinn gained nine points between election day and certification); Seattle School Board Director District No. 4 (Sue Peters ended election night with a 51-48 percent margin but ended up winning by nearly 10 points); and city council member-elect Kshama Sawamt, who trailed incumbent Richard Conlin by more than 7 percent on election night but ended up winning by 1.7 percent. 

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