We break down who's in the Seattle mayor's race, who's out of it, and what issues will shape the suddenly wide-open contest.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s dramatic abandonment of his reelection bid amid sex-abuse allegations has upended what many had expected to be a sleepy 2017 mayoral race.

Every day brings new contenders, from former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn – looking for a comeback – to state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, and now former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. With candidate filing week coming next week, still more are considering jumping in, and scrambling to gauge their prospects.

In Episode 36 of The Overcast, Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner and City Hall reporter Dan Beekman break down who’s in, who’s out, and what issues will shape the suddenly wide-open contest.

Also, check out our recent podcast interviews with Murray, and with mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver, who entered the mayoral race prior to the sex-abuse allegations.

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