Democracy for America is throwing its weight under Cary Moon for Seattle mayor.
DFA announced its endorsement Thursday for the urban planner, engineer, and civic activist most known for her crusade against the SR 99 tunneling project. While the organization has supported other Seattle races—in 2015 the DFA endorsed Seattle city council candidates Lisa Herbold, Mike O'Brien, Kshama Sawant, and Lorena Gonzalez— it's the first time the organization has been involved in a Seattle mayoral race in its 13-year history. Mostly it's put its money behind high-profile progressive candidates, like when it endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for president in December 2015. This is just one of many municipal races the DFA is targeting as part of an initiative in the next two years to invest $500,000 nationwide post-President Donald Trump, according to DFA.
Jim Dean, DFA chair, said Moon has "a detailed vision for how to work with everyone in Seattle to take on white supremacy, economic inequality, and corporate power."
“Over the last decade, Seattle has become a national leader in the fight for progressive policies and priorities," Dean said in a released statement Thursday. "Electing Cary Moon mayor gives Seattle an opportunity to make it clear that it’s doubling down on that populist progressive leadership—something that could not be more important in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.”
DFA spokesperson Neil Sroka said the organization has more than 15,000 members in the city and 75,000 in the state, and will focus on both fundraising and increasing Moon's volunteer base. The DFA doesn't have any plans to endorse for the Seattle City Council Position 8 race between Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant.
Still, Moon hasn't been endorsed by Nikkita Oliver or the Peoples Party, what could be a major boost to her campaign in an effort to unite the far-left, more populist vote. Moon has been "hustling like crazy," she told PubliCola, having been in contact with Oliver and campaigning in areas like South Seattle where she hasn't had strong ties before.
King County Democrats also solely endorsed Moon, though chair Bailey Stober told PubliCola he considers Jenny Durkan to be similarly progressive with the same positions on many key issues. (He lives in Auburn.) The majority of labor, including Martin Luther King County Labor Council, backed Durkan.