The Agenda

Jenny Durkan highlights decades of experience at Seattle debate

Jenny Durkan articulated her vision for the city and highlighted her years of experience serving the Seattle area in the mayoral debate Monday night.

If elected, Durkan would be Seattle’s first openly lesbian mayor.

“I’m proud to have a record of bringing people together tackling tough issues and getting things done,” Durkan said at the debate.

That record includes serving as the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington in the Obama administration and, before that, on several area committees and task forces.

As U.S. Attorney, Durkan set up a civil rights division in the Western Washington office for the first time, and she said she would continue to fight for inclusion in Seattle as mayor.

“I’ve been walking all neighborhoods in the city and talking to people all over,” Durkan said. “And one message I’ve heard loud and clear is the people are tired of the divisiveness and politics in Washington D.C. They expect us to do better and I think we can.”

Local commentators have called this crop of 21 candidates “the deepest, smartest field” in decades. Durkan has consistently been near the top of the crowded field, but she’ll need to finish in the top two in the Aug. 1 primary. Learn more about Jenny and how to support her here.