Natalie Brand, KING
eight:45 PM. PST November 07, 2017
Jenny Durkan gained the race for Seattle mayor Tuesday in one of the vital aggressive mayoral races in latest Seattle political historical past.
The history-making race additionally produced the town’s first feminine mayor in 91 years.
Durkan took a giant lead over Cary Moon after preliminary returns had been launched Tuesday, incomes 60.62 p.c of the vote (64,174 votes). Moon trailed with 39.38 p.c (41,683 votes). About 105,000 votes had been counted Tuesday evening.
Durkan served as U.S. Attorney for Western Washington beneath President Barack Obama. In that function, Durkan helped negotiate the present consent decree that compelled ongoing reforms on the Seattle Police Department.
The Seattle native, a graduate of Notre Dame and UW Law School, earned a popularity as a formidable litigator earlier than being picked within the first wave of Obama’s U.S. legal professional appointments.
While a first-time candidate, Durkan has lengthy been a fixture of state Democratic politics, efficiently represented the state Democratic Party when Republicans challenged the outcomes of the 2004 gubernatorial election, which Chris Gregoire gained after two recounts.
Former Governor Gregoire and an extended record of former and present statewide elected officers endorsed Durkan together with Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee.
Urban planner Cary Moon, additionally a first-time candidate could also be greatest identified domestically for co-founding the People’s Waterfront Coalition, a grbadroots group that advocated towards the viaduct substitute tunnel.
Both candidates prioritized homelessness and housing as high points over the course of an election cycle that included greater than 80 boards and an estimated 50 debates.
Durkan has known as for constructing 1,000 micro-housing models inside her first 12 months if elected, in addition to including as much as 100 emergency beds in every council district.
Moon, in the meantime, proposed quadrupling the quantity of reasonably priced housing throughout the town, in addition to including extra low barrier shelters for the homeless.
She additionally known as for stopping the sweeps of unsanctioned encampments, defining that as a elementary distinction between her homelessness plan and her opponent’s.
Moon final week mentioned her success may depend upon the turnout of youthful voters, in addition to extra progressive voters who had been cut up throughout a big area of major candidates in August.
While former Mayor Mike McGinn endorsed Moon following his August major loss, different high major candidates who may have wielded affect together with Nikkita Oliver, State Senator Bob Hasegawa and former State Representative Jessyn Farrell didn’t endorse forward of the overall election.
Oliver, the third-place finisher in August, operating beneath the newly shaped Seattle’s Peoples Party, carried out particularly properly in South Seattle, energizing supporters round a platform towards politics as regular.
Durkan, thought of the institution candidate within the race, constructed a coalition of help that largely resembled former Mayor Murray’s — incomes key endorsements from the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce’s political arm, in addition to key labor teams together with SEIU 775.
Moon criticized Durkan for company help, largely within the type of outdoors spending by the Chamber’s political motion committee. However, Durkan factors to a record-setting variety of particular person, direct donations to her marketing campaign, reported at greater than four,100 particular person contributions, elevating greater than $930,000.
Moon self-funded round half of her marketing campaign, in keeping with marketing campaign finance stories, and raised a further $178,000 from a bit greater than 1,000 particular person contributors.
Moon and Durkan each emerged the overall election candidates, besting a area of 21 major candidates in August.
The race for mayor took a dramatic flip in May when Mayor Ed Murray introduced he wouldn’t search re-election, going through a civil swimsuit alleging badual abuse within the 1980s.
Murray has denied all wrongdoing however stepped down from workplace in September, after a fifth accuser, a cousin of Murray, got here ahead with extra allegations.
Due to Murray’s resignation, the subsequent mayor shall be sworn in instantly after outcomes are licensed November 28, forcing an sooner than anticipated transition into workplace.
© 2017 KING-TV