Former West Seattleite Ed Murray is now officially mayor

January 1, 2014 at 11:12 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 13 Comments

With everything else that happened last night, from New Year’s Eve celebrations to breaking news, you might have missed this: Ed Murray, former Alki resident, is now officially mayor of Seattle. Though his formal inauguration ceremony isn’t until next Monday, he was sworn in before family and friends at 7:30 pm last night, with husband Michael Shiosaki at his side in their home on Capitol Hill. His new official mayoral Facebook page has photos. The introduction notes, “Murray took the oath of office holding Michael’s hand and beads from a rosary his grandmother brought into this country when she immigrated here in 1905, atop a Bible from 1850 written entirely in Gaelic. The tie he wore was the same tie he wore when he first took the oath of elected office in 1996.” In addition to the Facebook page, a mayoral Twitter account is now launched at @Mayor_Ed_Murray and he’s released his first address to the city, on video. Everyone’s invited to the inauguration ceremony at City Hall, 3:30 pm Monday (January 6th). *Photo from mayoral Facebook page, republished with permission*


  1. Best of luck to you Mayor Murray.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:57 pm January 1, 2014 #

  2. “inauguration ceremony for Seattle officials elected in November 2013, including Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Kshama Sawant”
    this is going to be a wild wonderful party at city hall

    Comment by Diane — 5:20 pm January 1, 2014 #

  3. do you know what are the new city emails for our new Mayor and new Council-member?

    Comment by Diane — 5:45 pm January 1, 2014 #

  4. Diane good question – I’d like to email them too.

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 7:29 pm January 1, 2014 #

  5. Boo to the new Mayor. I do wish him luck and the rest of us as well. We are all going to need it.

    Comment by Elastic Pragmatic — 1:26 am January 2, 2014 #

  6. I emailed the Mayor’s Communications Director, Jeff Reading; and he responded pretty quickly
    The Mayor’s city email is:

    Comment by Diane — 2:37 am January 2, 2014 #

  7. Congratulations Mr. Mayor! Looking forward to seeing you undo some of the damage of the last few years.

    Comment by AG — 12:10 pm January 2, 2014 #

  8. @AG: So what damage do you hope he’ll fix? ‘Cause I didn’t hear of any significant differences between him and McGinn. Oh, wait, he’s all for Sawant’s benighted plan to destroy entry-level jobs in the city by instituting a $15/hr. minimum wage. Yep, knew there was a reason I voted for the devil I knew.

    Comment by DarkHawke — 5:30 am January 3, 2014 #

  9. Ed Murray, the guy, along with Adam Kline, who wrote the bill that would have required the cops to search peoples homes, annually, in order to look for guns that weren’t locked in a safe. When he was called out for his blatantly anti- constitutional proposal, he admitted to not having read the bill. He and Adam Kline then ran like rats, claiming they didn’t know what their bill said.

    Comment by phil dirt — 8:17 am January 3, 2014 #

  10. Should be interesting to see how Seattle Mayor Murray and his husband Michael Shiosaki the Director of Planning & Development at Seattle Parks & Recreation handle things in this city. Something that would or could be a conflict of interest in many places and needs to be watched closely. A situation like this could get very expensive for the tax payers of Seattle in many ways. Time will tell, but I don’t have a good feeling with this one.

    Comment by wetone — 9:37 am January 3, 2014 #

  11. @DarkHawke: Not interested in debating with you. I have my opinion and have expressed it. You’re welcome to yours, and I don’t care if it differs from mine. The beauty of this country is we each have the right to believe what we believe based on our own experiences and research. I’m not the least bit interested in a political argument with anyone. Period.

    Comment by AG — 11:07 am January 3, 2014 #

  12. AG – People who “are not the least bit interested in a political argument with anyone. Period…” don’t post comments in blogs expressing their clear political commentary “…undo some of the damage of the last few years.”


    I like(d) Mike; I think we’ll miss him soon enough.

    Comment by JAT — 12:06 pm January 3, 2014 #

  13. Cities all over the country are going broke because of rampant spending by their “progressive” city governments. Now we’ve got Murray jumping on the $15.00 per hour bandwagon. Come on, Murray, how many city employees make less than $15.00 per hour presently, janitors in training, maybe? As bad as McGinn was, this guy is already starting to make him look like a piker. Murray is now showing his true socialist colors.

    Comment by phil dirt — 7:55 am January 4, 2014 #

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