Source: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will not seek re-election
SEATTLE -- Sources tell KOMO News Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will not run for re-election.
The source says Murray is expected to make the announcement as soon as Tuesday. The source says Murray is expected to complete his current term.
A city spokesperson confirms a meeting has been called for city department heads on Tuesday morning in the mayor's office and then Murray would be making "remarks" at 10:30 a.m. in West Seattle. But, the spokesperson would not say what the meeting is about or the subject of the remarks.
Neither Murray's campaign nor his office responded to KOMO's request for comment.
Murray is currently facing sexual abuse allegations that he paid to have sex with at least one local man during the 1980's.
That man, who has come forward publicly as 46-year-old Delvonn Heckard, is seeking financial damages, accusing Murray of child sex abuse and prostitution.
According to the civil complaint filed in King County Superior Court, the man said he was 15 when he met Murray. The then-teen was homeless and his parents were addicted to drugs, he had recently dropped out of high school, the complaint said.
The alleged victim said Murray paid him anywhere from $10 to $20 for sex, the complaint said.
Murray has openly and strongly denied those claims, calling them politically motivated.
In the meantime, 11 people have declared their run for mayor, including urban planner Cary Moon and former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who lost to Murray in 2013.
Murray said on April 12 after the allegations surfaced that he still intended to run for reelection.
The deadline to file for re-election closes on May 19.
A source told KOMO that Murray's campaign has done a telephone campaign about the allegations against him.