Seattle Makes History Electing First Lesbian Mayor

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In a historic win Tuesday night, Jenny Durkan defeated opponent Cary Moon and became Seattle’s first lesbian mayor. Earning 61 percent of the vote, Durkan also made headlines by being Seattle’s first female mayor since the 1920s.

During her acceptance speech on Tuesday evening, Durkan expressed what this win means for her and the state of this country.

“Ninety-two years later, Seattle is about to have a new woman mayor. Just imagine what they’re going to blame on me,” Durkin said. “We really can show what it looks like when progressive values are put into action. Donald Trump, keep your hands off Seattle.”

This is not the first time the public official has made history for the LGBT community. Back in 2009, she became the country’s first openly-gay U.S. attorney appointed by former President Barack Obama.  

Durkan, 59, walked into this mayoral election with many by her side. The former U.S. attorney was endorsed by many politicians and businesses, such as the Seattle Times and former King County Executive Ron Sims.

“I want calm waters,” said Sims. “I want a person I know is going to be a great captain of the ship, who knows how to get things done.”

Durkan plans to tackle issues such as reforming the city’s homeless-services system and discussing the lack of affordable housing during her time in office. The mayor-elect will officially begin her role and take over from Tim Burgess on Nov. 28.


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