Historic primary win positions Jenny Durkan to become first openly lesbian mayor of Seattle


With a November win, she will be the first woman mayor of Seattle since 1928

Washington, DC – Today Jenny Durkan bested 20 other candidates to become the first lesbian in Seattle history to win a mayoral primary, and positioning herself to become the first openly lesbian mayor of the city. With a general election win in November, Jenny would become just one of two openly lesbian mayors currently representing major U.S. cities. Victory Fund endorsed Jenny as a Spotlight Candidate in May and will be supporting her efforts to win in November.

“Seattle voters made history in selecting Jenny from a crowded field of challengers – and we are confident she will become the first lesbian mayor of Seattle come November,” said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO of Victory Fund. “As the first openly LGBTQ U.S. attorney in history, Jenny championed police and criminal justice reform, promoted drug and mental health courts to address unnecessary incarceration, and worked to prevent employment and housing discrimination. Jenny is a values-driven leader who has shattered lavender ceilings before, and we will work tirelessly to ensure she shatters another in November.”

As one of the top two vote-getters in the primary, Jenny will advance to the general election. Jenny’s broad-based of support in Seattle includes endorsements from the city’s largest union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), as well as the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and The Seattle Times.

Victory Fund will work with Jenny’s campaign and its Seattle partners to promote her candidacy and secure a win on election day.


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Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBT Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels of government.