With just two months to go before Seattle voters elect their next mayor, Ed Murray has resigned in response to mounting accusations of sexual abuse.
Murray’s Sept. 12 announcement followed a report from The Seattle Times that his cousin also accused Murray of abuse. In April, The Seattle Times reported that a man was suing
Murray for abuse that he says took place 30 years ago. Murray has denied all of the allegations repeatedly.
The announcement ends one of Washington’s longest and most well-known political careers. Murray joined the Washington House of Representatives in 1995 and the Washington Senate in 2007, where he worked to advance equal marriage. As mayor, he oversaw the passage of Seattle’s minimum wage hike.
Murray had refused to resign from his position after he opted to not seek re-election in May. Even his strongest supporters backed away as Murray’s cousin became the fifth person to publicly accuse Murray of abuse. Mayoral hopeful and Murray ally Jenny Durkan removed his endorsement from her website and called for his resignation the same day.
Community members, other mayoral candidates and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant asked Murray to resign over the summer.
His resignation is effective Sept. 13. Council President Bruce Harrell will become mayor and must decide whether to hold position to the end of this term.
Aaron Burkhalter is the editor. Have a story idea? He can be can reached at aaronb (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @aaronburkhalter
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