Early candidates concede as November showdown for Seattle mayor takes shape


Seattle mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell. (Campaign photo)

A handful of Seattle mayoral candidates formally withdrew from the race, leaving first leaders Bruce Harrell and Lorena Gonzalez as likely candidates in the November general election.

Bruce Harrell and Lorena Gonzalez lead Seattle mayor’s primary

With 27% of the votes counted, Harrell and Gonzalez dominate the rest of the field at 37% and 29%, respectively. Seattle Club chief executive director and homeless advocate Colleen Echohawk is behind the pair in third at 9%, followed by former state lawmaker Jessyn Farrell at 7%.

Farrell was the first to concede, making the announcement after the results were released Wednesday night by the King County election.

“Although Seattle voters did not choose me to run for the general election, it was a privilege to speak with voters on issues such as gun violence prevention, the climate crisis and more,” a- she declared. said on twitter. “Now is the time for everyone in Seattle to step off the sidelines and do our part to transform the money and power structures and I will not be back on the bench.”

Farrell was a Democrat at State House for four years between 2013 and 2017. She stepped down to run for mayor of Seattle in 2017, garnering over 21,000 votes and placing fourth in the August primary behind Jenny Durkan , Cary Moon and Nikkita Oliver. Most recently, she was senior vice president of Nick Hanauer’s investment firm Civic Ventures.

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Echohawk and Andrew Grant Houston were the next dominoes to drop this week, announcing their concessions on Thursday night.

“Despite these difficult times, we have come together to push the mayoral race and the conversation around it further,” Houston said in a statement posted on its campaign website. “… The fight doesn’t end there. And this campaign was bigger than me. But for now, our campaign is ending.

Echohawk led all candidates in fundraising throughout the election cycle, raising over $ 500,000 from nearly 6,000 individual donors. She underscored the need for the remaining mayoral candidates to focus on solving Seattle’s homeless by his own concession posted on Twitter.

“I hope that every voter will examine the positions and plans of the candidates on homelessness,” she said. “I will continue to push our candidates and our city to come up with specific plans and proposals to get our 12,000 homeless people off the streets and put them in a shelter. “

Houston and Farrell’s fundraising efforts have been equally strong, with the former receiving the most Democracy Vouchers of any candidate in all of Seattle’s primary races, but receiving the seventh most votes so far at 2 , 5%.

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