Durkan may become first openly LGBT mayor of Seattle

Jenny Durkan is running for Mayor of Seattle
Jenny Durkan is running for Mayor of Seattle

Jenny Durkan became the first out lesbian in Seattle history to win a mayoral primary. Durkan won the primary over 20 other candidates, and with a win in November she may become one of two openly-lesbian mayors currently serving their cities.

“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.”

The Victory Fund, which endorses LGBT candidates and raises funds to them, supported Durkan, and said it will continue to support Durkin through the November election.

Durkan’s support base includes endorsements from Seattle’s largest union, the Service Employees International Union, as well as the city’s Chamber of Commerce and the Seattle Times.


J.L. Gaynor
Out In Jersey magazine contributor J.L. Gaynor spent eight years in the newsrooms of two major New Jersey papers. A Jersey girl through and through: born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. Jen now lives in Maryland and has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.