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Seattle elects first lesbian mayor

Seattle has elected its first lesbian mayor.

Jenny Durkan (D) was projected to win the city’s mayoral race over her opponent, Cary Moon (D), according to multiple reports.

Durkan is also the first woman to hold the post since the 1920s — which Durkan joked about during a speech Tuesday night to a crowd of supporters.


“Ninety-two years later, Seattle is about to have a new woman mayor,” Durkan said, according to the Seattle Times.

“Just imagine what they’re going to blame on me.”

She also said that the city can “show what it looks like when progressive values are put into action.”

“Donald Trump, keep your hands off Seattle,” she said.

Durkan is a former U.S. attorney, appointed by President Obama.

The Seattle Times endorsed Durkan last month, calling her the “best choice to be Seattle’s next mayor.”

The editorial called her an “accomplished attorney with state and federal experience who successfully led the fight for Seattle police reforms as U.S. attorney.”

Former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) resigned in September after a fifth man accused him of sexual abuse.

Murray, 62, has denied all of the allegations but said that he did not want his personal issues to stand in the way of Seattle’s governance. He had previously announced he would not seek reelection.

Tags 2017 elections Donald Trump Mayor election Seattle

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