Mayor-elect Murray hopes to work with Sawant on City Council

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SEATTLE — In the same election that Seattle voters put Ed Murray in office, a career politician who vowed to bring a less-divisive style to City Hall, they also elected a socialist firebrand to the City Council, Kshama Sawant

“The council is actually moving into a period of its history that looks more like my 18 years in the Legislature,” Murray said.  “They are going to districts, and obviously in the Legislature you have people on all sides of the spectrum, from the far, far right to the left, to people in the middle.”

He doesn’t see Sawant as a problem.


Kshama Sawant

“It doesn’t have to be 9-0 votes all the time,” he said.  “The nature of our system of government there should be a tension between the executive and legislative branch.”

The mayor-elect admits that his first order of business is controversial, forging a deal to raise the minimum wage.  He campaigned on $15 an hour, but said it would likely have to be phased in over several years.

How will he bring the parties together, like Sawant and the Chamber of Commerce, to forge a deal?

“Well, you know, you gotta work hard at it,” Murray said.  “You got to do a lot of shuttle diplomacy.”

The mayor-elect says he “doesn’t know” if he can avoid a citizen initiative like in SeaTac, but hopes it doesn’t come to that.

“I worry about a ballot measure polarizing all of us, and potentially not being able to win at the ballot,” Murray said.

Murray says the biggest surprise since the election is the amount of “security” he now experiences.  “It’s just an adjustment,” he said.

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  • adam

    Has anyone thought about a so-called ladder minimum wage. 16 year olds don’t need 15 dollars a hour they don’t have the bills older people do. If you raise minimum wage to that level you’ll end up costing jobs because business can’t afford to pay its employees. Why not set it up like we already have. Make minimum wage 15a hour for 21 and older. 75 percent of that amount, 10.75 dollars, per hour for people 18 to 21 and 60 percent minimum wage, 9 dollars, for 16 to 18 year olds. There is almost no reason for a blanket minimum wage of that level.

  • The World is Ending

    She won't be willing to work with the city council, she hates business and business owners, she says it's about fairness but in her opinion if a business makes any profit at all that is to much. She will go rouge and put up initiatives for more pay and probably significant tax increases, I would bet if she would honestly answer a question she would say business profits should be taxed at at least 80% minimum, the real numbers probably would exceed 90%-95% or more. If you look at her web page she believes that the government should seize control of most of the nations largest businesses. (Yes I DID LOOK)