Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess announced Friday he is leaving the race for Seattle mayor.

It is critically important that we elect a new mayor, said Burgess in a statement. However, with so many qualified candidates in the field, my continued candidacy may dilute the chance of achieving the positive change Seattle needs.

Burgess said he will stay on as a city councilmember.

In a poll conducted by SurveyUSA for KING 5 News in March, 11 percent of registered voters said they would vote for Burgess, putting him only behind current mayor Mike McGinn with 19 percent. Another 34 percent said they were undecided.

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