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Who Will Be Seattle's Next Mayor?

In the August primary, voters advanced former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan and urban planner Cary Moon to face off in the November 7 general election. The city’s on the cusp of electing its first female mayor in 91 years. But who has the edge?

By Kendall Candioglos September 20, 2017 Published in the October 2017 issue of Seattle Met

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Candidates Jenny Durkan (left) and Cary Moon.

“Jenny Durkan came in first in every neighborhood except for one. She’s worked with labor people for years. I think [she’s] certainly a progressive leader and has long-lasting relationships.”

—David Rolf, President of the Service Employees International Union Local 775


“There is an appetite for voters for anti-establishment, and Durkan being viewed as establishment is going to be hard to overcome.”

—Michael Charles, volunteer communications consultant for former mayoral candidate Bob Hasegawa 


“Seattle tends to have an outer ring and an inner ring every mayoral election, I suspect Durkan will take the outer ring, and Moon will take the inner. It’s about persuading the middle.”

—Marco Lowe, politics professor at Seattle University

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