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Jenny Durkan elected as first lesbian mayor of Seattle

Jenny Durkan elected as first lesbian mayor of Seattle”

Jenny Durkan established a comfortable lead over her opponent, Cary Moon in early election results released Tuesday evening.

Voters were choosing between Durkan, 59, or Moon, 54, or to lead this city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands. The former USA attorney curried favor with many leaders in the tech community, including the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

The decision of who to vote for was hard for some Seattle residents. The rivals entered the general election after emerging as the top two vote-getters in the nonpartisan primary. Both candidates were Democrats. "Cary Moon [is] an urban planner, and in her writing, I hear more about collaboration".

And while the choice for voters was between two women, it will be Durkan that gets the honor.

"Just imagine what they're going to blame on me".

When Durkan came to Seattle University in October for a mayoral debate, she spoke to the Spectator about an issue near and dear to the Seattle U community: housing.

She didn't go as far as claiming victory, saying merely that, "we are feeling really, really good about where we are". As of the end of October, Durkan had collected $937,409 in campaign contributions, nearly three times as much as Moon. An independent-expenditure group for Moon raised over $27,000.

Ballot counting will continue over the next several days.

"We're up against really tough odds", said Moon after the first general election results dropped on November 7, "and campaign spending for our opponent broke city election records, outspending us more than 3 to 1.The Chamber of Commerce funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Amazon and others into a no-limit PAC for our opponent". Tim Burgess has been holding the position since Ed Murray resigned earlier this year after a fifth child sex-abuse allegation and Seattle City Council president Bruce Harrell declined the post.

Eric Sype, former SGSU President, watched the on-campus debate because he thinks being informed and voting is important.

"I will be honest, running for office is not for the meek", Durkan said.

Turnout for local elections tends to be low compared to national elections, and this is true for young voters in Seattle.

"Affordability is crushing Seattle".

The Seattle Times called the election for Durkan, but Moon has yet to concede.

Celebrating her victory with supporters Tuesday night, Durkan said her campaign "was never about any candidate".

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