Open Seattle mayor’s race draws a long list of candidates

Open Seattle mayor’s race draws a long list of candidates
  1. Open Seattle mayor’s race draws a long list of candidates
    Seattle’s mayoral race is the hottest ticket in the August primary as 21 candidates filed to try to succeed outgoing Mayor Ed M…

Seattle voters will have no shortage of choices to replace outgoing Mayor Ed Murray when the August primary rolls around.

Twenty-one candidates filed in the race by the Friday 4:30 p.m. deadline — the most in any King County contest.

The roster includes former Mayor Mike McGinn, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, state Sen. Bob Hasegawa, educator and attorney Nikkita Oliver, and urban planner Cary Moon — and more than a dozen others.

The city’s first open-seat mayoral contest since 1997 was spurred by Murray’s decision to forgo his re-election bid amid allegations — which he has strongly denied — that he sexually abused teenagers decades ago.

“Seattle is exploding, in terms of influence … it’s a place that many people want to put their imprint on, and we’re seeing that in the caliber of the candidates running for mayor,” said Marco Lowe, a Seattle University politics professor and former aide in the mayoral administrations of McGinn and Greg Nickels.

The top two vote-getters in each race in the Aug. 1 primary will advance to November’s general election. With the crowded mayoral field, candidates could advance with support in the high teens or low 20s, Lowe said.

Voting in the all-mail primary will begin July 14.

Two at-large Seattle City Council seats also are up for grabs.

The most competitive one looks to be the race to replace retiring City Councilmember Tim Burgess.

Eight candidates filed in that race: labor leader Teresa Mosqueda, housing activist Jon Grant, brewery owner and former City Council aide Sara Nelson, local NAACP leader Sheley Secrest, civil-rights activist Charlene Strong, physician Hisam Goueli, Ballard resident Rudy Pantoja, and Mac McGregor, a former martial arts competitor who hopes to become the first transgender council member.

In the city’s other council race, incumbent M. Lorena González decided against running for mayor, and she is seeking re-election. Six candidates filed to challenge her, including Pat Murakami, president of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council; and Ty Pethe, a Seattle Central College employee and union leader.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes also drew a significant challenger in Scott Lindsay, an attorney who has spent the past three years as public-safety adviser to Murray. Both will advance to the November general election.

In the Eastside’s crucial 45th Legislative District race — expected to decide partisan control of the state Senate — Democrat Mankha Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Englund got no last-minute competition from their own parties, but Woodinville resident and teacher Parker Harris filed as an independent.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, seeking a third term, drew no big-name opponents. Challenging him are three perennial office-seekers: Bill Hirt, who opposes Sound Transit’s Eastside light-rail expansion; disbarred attorney Stan Lippmann; and Goodspaceguy, who favors space colonization but opposes a terrestrial minimum wage.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart is facing a challenge from a 32-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, Mitzi Johanknecht, who holds a major’s rank and commands the department’s southwest precinct.

Among five Metropolitan King County Council members seeking re-election, only two drew any opponents. North Bend attorne…

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