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Burgess appointed 55th Mayor of Seattle

This afternoon, the City Council voted 5-1 to appoint Council member Tim Burgess as Seattle’s 55th Mayor, succeeding Bruce Harrell who will return to his position as Council President and representative of the 2nd District.

Mayor Tim Burgess speaking just before taking the oath of office

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Mayoral succession is complicated, and politically risky

Last Week, Council President Harrell sent a memo to his Council colleagues clarifying the process that would follow if Mayor Ed Murray were to step down before the end of his term, as several people have called on him to do. Or at least clarifying parts of it, because the path leads into uncharted territory.

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Amid new evidence in old case, Gonzalez calls on Mayor to resign (UPDATED)

(Updated 9:00pm Monday — scroll down to the bottom for the latest)

Just when you thought the thirty-year-old allegations of sexual abuse against Mayor Ed Murray were finally fading away, the Seattle Times published some new evidence over the weekend: a long-lost Oregon Child Protective Services file in which a services worker discusses the allegations that Murray sexually abused his foster child, Jeff Simpson, and finds them credible.

In response, Council member Lorena Gonzalez issued a statement this morning calling on the Mayor to consider resigning, and if he doesn’t take action by next Monday asking her fellow Council members to consider their options to remove him from office.

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