Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess drops out of mayor's race

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SEATTLE —

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying he decided not to continue as a candidate for Seattle mayor.

“It is critically important that we elect a new mayor.  However, with so many qualified candidates in the field, my continued candidacy may dilute the chance of achieving the positive change Seattle needs.  After much deliberation, I have chosen not to continue as a candidate. Instead I will continue to serve this city that I love from my position on the City Council, the most rewarding job of my life,” Burgess said in a statement.

 Burgess said he and his family reached the decision together and he was grateful to all his supporters.

 Burgess was one of several high-profile candidates seeking to oust incumbent Mike McGinn as leader of the state's largest city. Among the other people running for mayor are state Sen. Ed Murray, City Councilman Bruce Harrell, former City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck and businessman Charlie Staadecker.