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Mayor's Race 2017

Rosa Melendez, right, points toward Jenny Durkan as she thanks her volunteers on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at The Westin in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tuesday’s election results gave Jenny Durkan a formidable 21-point lead over rival Cary Moon. At the Westin hotel in downtown Seattle, Durkan celebrated the news without declaring victory.

But Durkan said she’s also preparing for a rapid transition to the mayor’s office.

Ben Doko cheers with other supporters as Jenny Durkan gives a speech on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at The Westin in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan has taken a commanding 21-point lead in the Seattle mayor's race against urban planner Cary Moon. KUOW’s Paige Browning speaks with reporter David Hyde, who was out covering the race on election night.

Jenny Durkan waves to supporters after giving a speech on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at The Westin in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Update 11/8/2017, 4:15 p.m.

Jenny Durkan has won the race for Seattle mayor. 

She had a strong lead on opponent Cary Moon after initial results Tuesday night, and Moon did not make up ground after the latest results were posted Wednesday afternoon.

Karen Toering said she contributed to Oliver's campaign. 'I had a lot of hope.'
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

People who voted for Nikkita Oliver in Seattle’s primary election say her run for mayor was a thrilling ride. They’re viewing the general election between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon with a little less enthusiasm, if not disgust.


Maggie Humphreys is president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington.
KUOW Photos / Megan Farmer

The next mayor of Seattle will be a woman, the first in nearly a hundred years. But Maggie Humphreys says sexism is still a big factor in the race.  

Humphreys is president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington. She spoke with David Hyde of KUOW’s politics team about this year's contest between former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and urban planner Cary Moon.  

Courtesy of Seattle University

In the lead up to Seattle’s mayoral election on November 7, the candidates have been crisscrossing the city to debate and discuss their credentials. There have been moments of geniality and tension.

Seattle University hosted a conversation with contenders Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan. The tone was civil, and heated, at turns. If you haven’t made up your mind about who to vote for, you may find the tipping point you’re looking for here.

Jacob Mandell watches a mayoral debate during a viewing party on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Optimism Brewing Company in Seattle.
KUOW photo/Megan Farmer

After 10 quadrillion debates in this unending election season, could yet another one get waffling voters to pick Jenny Durkan or Cary Moon for Seattle mayor?

Yes, as it turns out, at least for some.

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan, left, and Cary Moon are shown on a screen during a mayoral debate viewing party on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Optimism Brewing Company in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle mayor candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan met Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in a debate broadcast live on KUOW and televised by KING 5. Geekwire and Seattle City Club were also co-hosts.

The debate at Starbucks corporate headquarters was moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds and KING 5 political reporter Natalie Brand.

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan (left) and Cary Moon (right) enjoy the lightening round
KUOW Photo / Amy Radil

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and urbanist Cary Moon have some really sharp differences. Take their feelings on Beecher's cheese and the Eagles, for instance.

Tamarind Tree employees from left, Tin Dang, Loan Luong, and Mui Tang work in the kitchen on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the restaurant in Seattle's Little Saigon neighborhood.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tam Nguyen owns the Tamarind Tree restaurant in Seattle’s Little Saigon neighborhood. The menu features dishes like crispy coconut rice cakes with shrimp, and of course pho, which has been part of the fabric of Seattle culture since the 1980s.

On Saturday, March 19 light rail stations opened serving Capitol Hill and the University of Washington (pictured).
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle suddenly seems like a very small town —  at least when you look at the mayoral candidates and their family ties.


KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Two people want to lead the city of Seattle. Only one will be mayor. That person will shape the future of Seattle. The Record recently spoke with candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.  

This week's panel (L-R): Bill Radke, Joni Balter, Sydney Brownstone, C.R. Douglas
KUOW PHOTO/ KARA MCDERMOTT

This week rape and sexual harassment got a very public face when we learned that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping several women. He’s been settling sexual harassment claims for decades, and many, many people knew about it and said nothing.

A previous attempt at providing broadband service through a public-private partnership fell apart in 2013.
Flickr Photo/Steve Rhode (CC BY-NC-ND)

Remember municipal broadband? The idea suffered a blow in Seattle when a partnership involving the city, the University of Washington and a private company fell apart in 2013.

But the dream never died. Now supporters are pushing another campaign.

KUOW PHOTO/ Kara McDermott

This week one man killed 58 and wounded hundreds of people in Las Vegas using legal weapons — semiautomatic rifles modified with devises that make them act more like machine guns. Will this shooting change our gun laws? 

KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Some NFL players took a knee or sat during the national anthem. The Seahawks stayed in their locker room. Other players stood and locked arms. What does it all matter if the fans tune them out?

Also, Facebook says it will get tougher on fake Russian campaign ads, but what is our responsibility to consume media smartly?

And Washington state sues the maker of OxyContin, but pharmaceutical companies say they don't deserve all the blame because it's doctors who over-prescribed and patients who over-used.

The Sam Hill mansion on Capitol Hill is on the market for $15 million.
KUOW Photos/Megan Farmer

The Sam Hill mansion on Capitol Hill is the most expensive real estate listing in Seattle.

Should the owner have to pay a luxury sales tax? It's one of the big proposals in this year's Seattle mayor's race.

Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon
KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Ed Murray's resignation is sending ripples through the Seattle mayor's race.

College Money
Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC BY-NC-ND)

Last year Bernie Sanders made free college tuition the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Now, a candidate for Seattle mayor wants to make that idea hers.  

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is calling for "free college tuition for every graduate of Seattle public high schools.”


KUOW PHOTO/Megan Farmer

The mayoral race in Seattle is heating up. King County Democrats have endorsed Cary Moon, and so has today’s panelist, former mayor Mike McGinn. Labor unions have come out in support Jenny Durkan. What’s the significance of this latest round of endorsements?

The City of Seattle is going to spend at least a quarter of million dollars defending legal attacks against the high earner income tax passed by City Council on a 9-0 vote. Is it common for a local or state government agency to pass laws they know they need to spend money to defend in court?

Is Seattle becoming Amazonia? And because we're still not sick of talking about the eclipse, we ask the panel where they watched the celestial show.

Listen to the show on Fridays at noon and join the conversation on Twitter using #KUOWwir.

A sketch of The Emerald, a 40-foot condominium tower planned at 2nd and Stewart near Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Chinese investors helped make the project possible.
Hewitt Seattle

Seattleites love to blame outsiders for skyrocketing housing prices.

Sydney Brownstone, Bill Radke, Ron Sims, Rob McKenna
KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

Our panel this week:

Bill Radke @kuowradke, host
Ron Sims @simsron, retired deputy secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former King County Executive
Sydney Brownstone @sydbrownstone, reporter at The Stranger
Rob McKenna @robmckenna, former Washington state attorney general

Nikkita Oliver, surrounded by supporters, declares 3rd place in Seattle's mayoral race a victory
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

The campaign for Seattle mayor is over for attorney and educator Nikkita Oliver. Final ballot results show Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan are the two candidates moving on to the November general election.

From left, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, former Gov. Chris Gregoire and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray at the back of a helicopter overlooking a flood zone in Washington state. Story goes that only the women in the WA delegation were brave enough to scoot this far.
Courtesy of Maria Cantwell's office

"There's never a time when a woman really wins anything," says political strategist Cathy Allen.

After Seattle's 2017 mayoral race primary, Allen and University of Washington professor Cate Goethals discussed gender equity in politics and business on KUOW's The Record. 

KUOW PHOTO/BOND HUBERMAN

Seattle is reportedly within range of a North Korean nuclear missile, and there's a war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Should we be afraid?

Puget Sound is still tucked in beneath a smoky haze from British Columbia wildfires. But has it really "ruined summer?"

Nikkita Oliver, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Updated 4:30 p.m. 8/10/17: The race for second place in Seattle's mayoral race is getting tighter.

Updated results from Tuesday afternoon show Cary Moon's lead over Nikkita Oliver shrank to fewer than 1,300 votes. 

Cary Moon celebrates her number 2 spot for the Seattle mayoral race on primary night. Moon had 15.6 percent of the first batch of returns.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Updated at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 with latest results:

Seattle will very, very, very likely have a female mayor — the first time since 1928, when Bertha K. Landes cleaned up city hall and the police department with her slogan, "Municipal housekeeping." 

Jenny Durkan, former U.S. attorney, was ahead in the mayor's race with 30.6 percent of the initial vote.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Initial results in Seattle’s race for mayor showed former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan with the largest share of votes counted.

She’s followed by urban planner Cary Moon and lawyer and activist Nikkita Oliver.

Altogether, female candidates for mayor had their best showing since 1926, when the city last elected a woman to run it.


Gary Brose is a Republican running for mayor in Seattle.
Courtesy of Gary Brose

Gary Brose, the 65-year-old Republican candidate for Seattle mayor laughs at the recent Fox News host assertion that Seattle is a socialist hellhole. “They’re trying for ratings there, I think.”

Jessyn Farrell, former attorney and recently a state legislature representing northeast Seattle, is a candidate for Seattle mayor.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

After their formal interviews, we asked Seattle mayoral candidates to answer less traditional questions. The goal was to humanize them beyond the wonk. Candidate Jessyn Farrell didn't answer the published offbeat questions.  

Farrell is an attorney, former state representative and mother of three. She resigned from the state legislature to run for mayor after Mayor Ed Murray said he wouldn’t run again.

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