On Tuesday night, Seattle elected Jenny Durkan (D), its first woman mayor since the 1920s and its first ever lesbian mayor.
Gaining a whopping 61 percent of the vote, Durkin beat opponent Cary Moon (D), a “progressive urbanist,” after former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) resigned amid allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
During Durkan’s acceptance speech, she spoke about being the first female mayor in decades.
“Ninety-two years later, Seattle is about to have a new woman mayor,” Durkan said, as reported by the Seattle Times. “Just imagine what they’re going to blame on me.”
Durkan faces many challenges in the liberal-leaning city, including a homeless crisis in which there are 400 unauthorized tent camps around the city. According to one city councilman, the problem stems from a lack of affordable, long-term housing.
Durkan said she believes progressive ideals will counter all the problems the city faces, and she also made a pointed reference to President Donald J. Trump.
“We really can show what it looks like when progressive values are put into action,” she said, adding, “Donald Trump, keep your hands off Seattle.”
A former U.S. attorney, Durkan was appointed by President Obama in 2009. The Seattle Times called her the “best choice to be Seattle’s next mayor” and praised her as an “accomplished attorney with state and federal experience who successfully led the fight for Seattle police reforms as U.S. attorney.”
Murray (D),62, resigned in September after a fifth accusation of sexual abuse. His resignation opened the post to 21 candidates in a hotly contested race.
Murray has denied all the allegations against him.
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