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posted Friday, November 10, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 45
Seattle election: Durkan, Mosqueda, Gonzalez crush opposition

Manka Dhingra wins, shifts power in state Senate to Dems
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Seattle election: Durkan, Mosqueda, Gonzalez crush opposition

Manka Dhingra wins, shifts power in state Senate to Dems

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Jenny Durkan will be Seattle's next mayor, women will dominate the Seattle City Council, and the Washington state Senate will return to Democratic control.

Durkan, a former US attorney under Barak Obama - in fact, the first out Lesbian US attorney - crushed her opponent, Cary Moon, winning by more than 20 points.

'While the election results will probably continue to tighten, the outcome is unlikely to be what we hoped,' Moon admitted in a November 8 statement to supporters.

'I have offered my congratulations to Jenny Durkan, Seattle's first woman mayor in 90 years,' she added.

As Durkan and her supporters celebrated election night, November 7, at the Westin, results released by King County Elections showed her with a commanding lead. The next release on November 8 showed barely any change in Durkan's lead, prompting Moon's concession.

In her own November 8 statement, Durkan congratulated her opponent and then went on to repeat her main campaign theme: bringing people together to make things happen.

'I am honored that the voters have given me this great opportunity, but with the honor comes a deep responsibility,' Durkan wrote.

'The hard work of delivering progress starts today. Our city will - and must - come together around the solutions to address the urgent issues facing our city, from homelessness to affordability to addressing systemic inequities.

'Over the next few weeks, I look forward to working closely with Mayor Burgess and the City Council, as well as city officials and workers, to ensure a smooth transition.'



Durkan will be sworn in as soon as the election results are certified on November 28, rather than waiting until January, because she is succeeding to the office under special circumstances after the resignation of Ed Murray.

Durkan will be Seattle's first woman mayor since Bertha Knight Landes left office in 1928, but she was not the only woman candidate to crush her opponent.

Labor leader and Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda won her race for the at-large Council seat, position 8, by more than 20 points, smashing tenant rights advocate Jon Grant. In the other at-large race, for position 9, incumbent Lorena Gonzalez won by a similar margin against neighborhood activist Pat Murakami.

When Mosqueda is sworn in, Seattle's City Council will have six women out of nine members, four of them - Debra Juarez, Gonzalez, Mosqueda, and Kshama Sawant - women of color.

Durkan, Mosqueda, and Gonzalez were heavily backed by organized labor. In an email to members, Nicole Grant, executive secretary of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, wrote that the election results were 'a perfect outcome for the Labor Council's Seattle slate.'

'The labor movement looks forward to actively participating with our Seattle neighbors and businesses to support these leaders building a better Seattle,' Grant added.

'This means making sure that our city grows in ways that are welcoming and foster a great lifestyle. We need substantial quantities of new housing, gathering places, business hubs, and industrial infrastructure. We want our youth to stay here, and will make sure there is free college for high school graduates and affordable childcare available for young working families. We want our elders to stay here, and that means better senior service with world-class home care benefits.'

Dhingra, a deputy prosecutor for King County, won the state Senate seat in the 45th Legislative District, filling the position that had been held by the late Andy Hill, a Republican. The 45th District includes Kirkland, Duvall, and Sammamish.

Her election shifts power in the Senate back to Democratic control, which means that progressive legislation that Republican leaders kept off the floor will now at least get a hearing. According to MSNBC, Dhingra is now the first Sikh to have been elected to public office in the United States.

In other Seattle election news, Gay School Board candidate Zachary Pullin DeWolf, head of the Capitol Hill Community Council, easily won election to his first political office.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes won reelection, defeating former Ed Murray aide Scott Lindsay by nearly 3-to-1. Dow Constantine won reelection as King County Executive by a similar margin.

As the SGN goes to press, Sheriff's Department Major Mitzi Johanknecht has widened her lead over incumbent Sheriff John Urquhart. Urquhart was considered a shoe-in to win reelection until allegations of sexual harassment and cover-ups began to surface.

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