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Momentum builds for Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan as voting begins

Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan is hitting the streets as primary voting begins this week.

Primary ballots were sent out to voters by mail this week and are due on August 1. The top two vote-getters advance to the general election in November.

If elected, Durkan will be Seattle’s first openly lesbian mayor and one of only two openly lesbian mayors serving major cities nationwide.

During the next two weeks of voting, Durkan is traversing the city to earn support from voters. This week, she took a walking tour with small business owners and residents.

Her campaign is also prioritizing Get Out The Vote efforts including phone banking and canvassing as time winds down in the primary. Durkan is also hosting a rally on Thursday, July 20.

Durkan has momentum headed into the August 1 primary thanks to recent endorsements from the Seattle Times and several local labor unions, including Washington’s largest.

While all the candidates are progressive and pro-labor, Jenny Durkan stood out for her experience, her knowledge, and her ability to step in and be an effective mayor,” SEIU 775 wrote in their endorsement.

Durkan adds those endorsements to a growing list of more than 800 elected officials, environmental leaders and community groups. Durkan placed second in a June poll of Seattle voters.

Although she’s run an impressive campaign so far, with a field of 21 candidates, anything can happen. That’s why Jenny needs the community’s support over these next few weeks of voting to ensure she makes it to the general election. Learn more about Jenny Durkan and how to help out here.

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