Industrial Agenda in Mayor's Race
October 18, 2013
Challenger Ed Murray
Incumbent Mayor McGinn
If he wins the race for Seattle Mayor, Ed Murray would form a blue ribbon panel of industrial representatives to advise him on freight, land use, utility issues, environmental clean-up regulations and vocational education.
Murray's industrial agenda will be discussed next Tuesday, October 22, at the next meeting of the Manufacturing Industrial Council, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College. His industrial agenda was made public yesterday.
Murray's advisory group would be called the Mayor's Maritime and Industrial Council. Murray says he would work with that group, the Port of Seattle, and state and federal agencies to address industrial community concerns. Murray's agenda of proposed work items is available here at his campaign web site.
A long-time member of the Washington State Legislature, Murray is running against incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn in the Nov. 5 election.
The Manufacturing Industrial Council will review Murray's agenda at its October 22 meeting. By coincidence, that discussion will coincide with a previously scheduled review of new enforcement issues involving the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).
Seattle industrial firms are subject to a growing pile of overlapping environmental regulations involving local, regional, state and federal agencies. The absence of leadership to coordinate these approaches makes it timely to consider Murray’s promise of greater collaboration.
The EPA/DOE discussion on October 22 will begin at 4 p.m. with a presentation by lawyers from the Perkins Coie law firm who are working with industrial clients on stormwater issues. Speakers will include John Iani, a Perkins Coie partner who is a former EPA director for U.S. Region 10.
The Oct. 22 MIC meeting is scheduled to run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will be held in Room 102 of Building B at the Georgetown Campus. Enter through the campus entrance at 6770 East Marginal Way. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Christine Jones by email at Christine@seattleindustry.org , or by telephone at 206-762-2470.
Questions? Call MIC Executive Director Dave Gering at 206-762-2470.
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