Seattle nightlife leaders support Murray for mayor


by Linda Brill / KING 5 News

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 5:43 PM

Big players in Seattle's nightlife scene are turning away from supporting Mayor Mike McGinn.

Club owners, music promoters and bar and restaurant owners held a news conference on Wednesday to announce their support for Senator Ed Murray.

"Mr. Murray is a better politician, he's more influential on the state level and he's not so alienating of others," said Neumos owner, Mike Meckling.

Meckling boasts a club mailing list of 25,000 young voters.

Club owners had hoped McGinn could convince the state liquor board to stagger bar closing hours to stop the 2 a.m. drunken bar push-out.

McGinn did not succeed.  Murray says he will.

"I believe I can work with the Liquor Control Board to get some pilot project on staggered hours to see how it works," said Murray.

This comes shortly after Seattle police announced their support for Murray.

"Its time. We just can't do four more years," said Sgt. Rich O'Neill, President of the Seattle Police Officers Guild.

Murray told the Guild his top priority is public safety.

"In the top three priorities Mayor McGinn did not list public safety," said O'Neill.