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Seattle Times endorses gay candidate for mayor

Openly gay state Sen. Ed Murray is the Seattle Times’ choice in the upcoming mayoral election, according to an editorial published Friday.  The

“Murray’s experience is stellar,” the editors wrote, noting his budget-writing expertise. “His impressive political skills were on display in his two-decade campaign to win equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and [transgender] people. It is an incremental campaign, requiring patience, discipline and persuasion of less like-minded colleagues. Murray inched Washington, step by step, toward November’s voter approval of same-sex marriage.”

Murray, who is backed by the Victory Fund, has served in the Washington state legislature since 1995. He is to be married to his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki, on August 10, four days after the mayoral primary.

This Sunday, July 21, Murray will speak at the Victory Fund Champagne Brunch in Seattle.  For more information or to purchase tickets, go here.

Photo:  Kelly O/The Stranger