It’s been over nine decades since Seattle has had a female mayor, but that dry spell is about to see some rain as two powerhouse politicos take the driver’s seat on the November ballot. The first and only female mayor of Seattle was elected in 1926, and her name was Bertha Knight Landes.
Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is the frontrunner for the mayoral post with approximately 32% of the vote. Rounding out the top four spots were Cary Moon, Nikkita Oliver and Jessyn Farrell. Only the top two will prevail onto the November 7 ballot. Moon and Oliver were less than 2 percentage points apart at 15.6% and 13.9%, respectively.
“Everyone knows it was never about me. It was about what you people believe in. What the voters believe in. It’s about the future of Seattle. It’s about Seattle leading and the future of our country, “Durkan told King 5.
In other primary news, Seattle City Council Pos. 9 was held steady by incumbent M. Lorenz Gonzalez with 62% of the vote, while two Pos. 8 candidates fought neck and neck for the final spots: labor leader Teresa Mosqueda at 31% and Jon Grant at 24%. The two will advance to the November election.
It is worth noting that 2017 was also the first time in Washington state history that an openly transgender candidate’s name appeared on the ballot. Mac McGregor was running for Pos. 8 and, although his campaign fell short, his legacy will remain in Seattle’s history for years to come.
A full listing of King County primary results is located here.