Murray's campaign for a second term has been dogged by allegations that he sexually abused children in the 1980s.
‘It tears me to pieces to step away’: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray drops bid for second term
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray ended his bid for a second term at a news conference Tuesday.
The mayor spokes to reporters beginning about 10:30 a.m. at the Alki Beach Bathhouse.
For the past month, Murray’s bid for a second term has been dogged by allegations that he sexually abused teenagers in the 1980s and paid them for sex. A Kent man filed a lawsuit last month.
The mayor has strenuously denied the accusations and initially vowed to continue his push for re-election.
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Murray, 62, grew up partly in the Alki neighborhood. The former state lawmaker, a champion for gay rights in the Legislature, was elected mayor in 2013.