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Seattle Councilman Tim Burgess on Tuesday announced that he is running for mayor.

Burgess is the first candidate to say he will challenge Mayor Mike McGinn, who won the job in 2009 after a three-way primary against Joe Mallahan and Greg Nickels (the two-term incumbent).

In declaring his candidacy, Burgess said, All across Seattle, people have said they want bolder thinking, more inclusive and more effective leadership from City Hall to bring people together and get things done.

The race is expected to be crowded, with at least two other city councilmembers considering their own bids.

Burgess was elected to the city council in 2007. He grew up in Seattle and is graduate of the University of Washington. He lives in Queen Anne with his Joleen; the couple has three adult daughters.

Burgess's campaign website went live on Tuesday: burgessformayor.com

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