In Seattle’s mayoral race, former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan looks highly likely to advance based on early results of Tuesday’s primary. She is leading by more than 15 percentage points as of Tuesday night. In second place is urban planner Cary Moon, followed closely by lawyer Nikkita Oliver.
The top two primary finishers from the field of 21 mayoral candidates will advance to the general election in November. There are still thousands of ballots to be counted, so Durkan’s challenger is yet to be determined.
Seattle’s next mayor will inherit a booming economy, driven largely by the tech industry, but also major challenges such as homelessness and transportation, complicated by the influx of tech companies and workers who are reshaping the city.
In the City Council race, incumbent Lorena González, Pat Murakami, Teresa Mosqueda, and Jon Grant look most likely to advance.