Mike McGinn took office during an economic crisis and has skillfully led Seattle toward a new era of prosperity. Businesses are moving INTO the city (Brooks shoes' worldwide headquarters will be a mile from my house within a year), the city's unemployment rate is 4%, the budget is balanced, education is funded, crime rates are low, nightlife is rejuvenated, bike and pedestrian infrastructures are improving, and light rail is expanding.
Detractors of McGinn's point to the lack of immediate police reform under his watch as a negative of his first term in office. Blaming McGinn for the problems at SPD is like blaming Barack Obama for the problems in Iraq; these issues pre-date his administration by decades. The fact that police reform is even on the table is a sign of progress.
Meanwhile his opponent, Ed Murray, is endorsed by the corrupt and unwavering Seattle Police Officer's Guild, proof that Murray has no real interest in actual reform at SPD. And this is the problem with Ed Murray: He is a toady of the establishment. Yes, he may play nicer in the mayor's office than Mike McGinn has, but I don't need him playing nice with SPD, downtown developers and the City Council if playing nice comes at the expense of average citizens.
Furthermore Ed Murray is not very bright. If you've ever met him, this would be evident. He's going to need A LOT of help in managing the job of mayor. Who will he bring into his administration? At a recent debate in my neighborhood, Murray lamented McGinn's reluctance to reach out to leaders from Seattle's past. The implication is that Murray's administration would likely look a lot like Greg Nickels', where regular folks were swept aside and only insiders had a voice at City Hall.
The fact that Murray opposes the Burke Gilman Missing Link is proof that the voices of a couple of businesses can and will trump the voices of thousands of citizens. Been there, done that, no thanks.
VOTE MIKE McGINN