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Murray offers agenda for ’21st-century Seattle’ – Mayoral challenger says he’ll unite diverse communities toward common goals

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Calling Seattle ‘a city of visionaries,’ state senator and mayoral candidate Ed Murray laid out his vision of a ‘vibrant, dynamic, 21st-century’ Seattle under a Murray administration, at a public event held at Columbia City Theater on October 3. Murray was introduced at the event by Pramila Jayapal, former executive director of the immigrant rights group OneAmerica. ‘This is one of the most diverse ZIP codes in the country,’ Jayapal observed, and the crowd of Murray supporters reflected the diversity of the Columbia City neighborhood. Sikh and Somali cab drivers stood next to firefighters, police officers, and union staffers, as well as such current and former political heavyweights as Tim Burgess and Tina Podlodowski. ‘SENSE OF TOGETHERNESS’
Early on in his speech, Murray repeated one of his central themes – that incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn lacks the ability or the w

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