History has been made by the newly elected woman mayor of the booming liberal city of Seattle, something that has not happened since the 1920s.
Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan secured victory over the urban planner Cary Moon for the office left that was left vacant over a sexual abuse scandal. Durkan managed to maintain a 20-point lead on Wednesday after the second batch of ballots was tabulated and released in the all mail-in election.
She also got over 60 percent of the votes while Moon got 40 percent."While the election results will probably continue to tighten, the outcome is unlikely to be what we hoped," Moon said in a statement.
Moon also revealed that she had offered her congratulations to Durkan.
"I urge her to boldly confront the challenges facing our city and to remember that Seattle's prosperity should provide shared opportunity and success for everyone, not just the wealthy few," Moon said.
The hard work of delivering progress starts today, Durkan said in a statement.
"I am honored that the voters have given me this great opportunity, but with the honor comes a deep responsibility," she said. "Our city will - and must - come together around the solutions to address the urgent issues facing our city from homelessness to affordability to addressing systemic inequities."
The voters in Seattle had spoken by choosing between Durkan and Moon to replace former Mayor Ed Murray, who resigned earlier this year following sexual abuse allegations.
The newly elected mayor will take office as soon as the election has been certified in late November since Murray resigned. In a statement released on Tuesday, Durkan made a statement that was addressed to President Trump: "Can I just say, Donald Trump, keep your hands-off Seattle."
The city will be led by Durkan as it deals with the benefits and drawbacks of an economy that is booming for some but not others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands.
The matchup between the two women came after Murray dropped his re-election efforts amid accusations that he sexually abused several men. Murray denied the allegations. However, he would have easily won the re-election after pushing through increases to the city's minimum wage and emerging as an opponent of Trump.