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Jenny Durkan receives major endorsements in Seattle mayoral race

Jenny Durkan is now a frontrunner in a crowded Seattle mayoral race after a slew of key endorsements. Victory Fund endorsed Jenny last week in her bid to become the first openly lesbian mayor of Seattle.

Just yesterday, the political arm of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce also endorsed Durkan, citing her strength in infrastructure improvement, local business growth and reducing homelessness. The group’s endorsement is one more in a slate of endorsements she’s secured, including from several local businesses and political leaders.

“In a crowded field, she is a highly competent candidate who stands apart for her gravitas and ability to make tough decisions,” Markham McIntyre, executive director of the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy, said in a news release.

The primary between the 21 currently declared mayoral candidates will take place Aug. 1, 2017. The top two vote-getters in the primary will face off in a Nov. 7 general election.

Durkan, who was the first openly gay U.S. Attorney ever, has another historic opportunity in the Seattle race. Not only would she be the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, but she would also be only the second openly lesbian mayor currently representing a major U.S. city.

Openly LGBTQ leaders like Jenny can elevate pro-equality voices and diminish the consequences of divisive policies from the federal level.