Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Jenny Durkan elected as first lesbian mayor of Seattle

Jenny Durkan elected as first lesbian mayor of Seattle

I ran for Mayor because I felt an vast duty and responsibility to ensure Seattle - our attractive, vibrant, diverse city - works for everyone.

The former USA attorney's opponent, Cary Moon, conceded the race Wednesday afternoon and said she had called Durkan to congratulate her.

Durkan captured just over 60 percent of the votes while Moon tallied about 40 percent. She made all kinds of history before even taking office: Durkan also will be the city's first female mayor in more than 90 years.

"Durkan is also the first woman to hold the post since the 1920s - which Durkan joked about during a speech Tuesday night to a crowd of supporters".

"It wasn't about me, or anyone else, it was about you, it was about Seattle and the future of Seattle", Durkan said.


It's wasn't so long ago that Seattle had an openly gay mayor.

Seattle voters chose between Durkan and Moon to replace former Mayor Ed Murray, who resigned earlier this year amid accusations of sexual abuse. Durkan finished first in the August 1 primary, a lead that clearly carried over to Election Day.

"We are thrilled Jenny will become the first lesbian mayor of Seattle - and just the second woman elected to the position", Moodie-Mills said.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America's politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government.

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