Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has just a few days left in his campaign against challenger Ed Murray — a tight race that has left many voters undecided.
So, how is the sitting Mayor spending his final campaign hours?
Well, at least for part of the effort, he’s hanging out with the tech community. McGinn showed up Saturday evening at one of the hottest tech parties in the city — an ultra hip bash that kicked off the new 11,000 square foot offices of music app Lively. (Personally, I’ve not seen a tech party on this scale in Seattle since the Loudeye IPO party).
McGinn hung out Saturday evening at the industrial headquarters of the Seattle upstart, and even took the stage to say a few words to the crowd of several hundred party goers.
“In Seattle we have a lot to be proud of, right? We’ve got the Space Needle. We’ve got the ‘R’ back on the Rainier Brewery,” said McGinn to loud cheers. “You know, we’ve got the history of Jimi Hendrix, and we’ve got Macklemore…. This is a good town. And we are also an innovative town where we come up with new ideas. And this one is a really, really good one.”
Lively is attempting to make it simple for music fans to get audio and video of concerts, with users of the app paying $4.99 for audio and $9.99 for video. (See our previous story: From tennis coach to startup CEO: The wild entrepreneurial journey of Lively’s Dean Graziano).
Meanwhile, McGinn is in a dogfight with state senator Murray for the top job in Seattle. In recent days, McGinn has pushed hard on Murray, labeling him the “Comcast candidate” and alleging that — because of donations by Comcast to Murray — the competitive Gigabit Squared broadband effort in Seattle could be in jeopardy.
McGinn noted on Saturday that the broadband Internet issue — one that many in the Seattle tech community support — had hurt his opponent.
Will it be enough to turn the tide on a tight race? It’s probably too early to say, but remember postmarked ballots are due this Tuesday.