Cary Moon for Mayor of Seattle
Cary Moon for Mayor of Seattle

Seat­tle may­oral hope­ful Cary Moon end­ed her cam­paign this after­noon, acknowl­edg­ing that she’s too far behind Jen­ny Durkan to catch up in late bal­lots. In a mes­sage to her sup­port­ers which she copied to the media, she con­grat­u­lat­ed Durkan and expressed grat­i­tude to every­one who helped her.

Here is her state­ment in full:

I ran for May­or because I felt an immense duty and respon­si­bil­i­ty to ensure Seat­tle — our beau­ti­ful, vibrant, diverse city — works for everyone.

While the elec­tion results will prob­a­bly con­tin­ue to tight­en, the out­come is unlike­ly to be what we hoped. We should not let that dis­cour­age us. Despite being out­spent 3:1, we ran a strong, trans­par­ent, and hon­est cam­paign about vision and solu­tions. We drove the con­ver­sa­tion around hous­ing afford­abil­i­ty, real estate spec­u­la­tion, munic­i­pal broad­band, and wealth inequality.

l have offered my con­grat­u­la­tions to Jen­ny Durkan, Seattle’s first woman may­or in nine­ty years.

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.

To our sup­port­ers who may feel dis­ap­point­ed, I feel dis­ap­point­ed too. But I will not let the future of our city be sunk by sta­tus quo think­ing and pol­i­tics as usu­al. There is too much at stake.

That is why I ask you to join me in mak­ing sure the promis­es made dur­ing this cam­paign are actu­al­ized. We must ensure our home­less neigh­bors can move back inside, that peo­ple of all income lev­els have a place in our city, and that our elect­ed lead­ers share pow­er across race, gen­der, and class in our government.

Thank you for all you have done for this cam­paign. We all belong here, and deserve a voice in shap­ing our city’s future. I know you won’t stop fight­ing for what you believe is right, and I won’t stop fight­ing either.

Cary Moon

Moon has 39.13% of the vote as of today’s count, up from 38.89% yes­ter­day.  47,633 votes have been count­ed in sup­port of her candidacy.

For­mer Unit­ed States Attor­ney and May­or-elect Jen­ny Durkan has 72,617.

“I want to con­grat­u­late Cary Moon on the strong race that she’s run and the ideas she brought to the table,” said Durkan said in response to Moon’s statement.

“In near­ly one hun­dred debates and forums, I saw first­hand her love for our city and her com­mit­ment to com­pas­sion­ate­ly address the tough­est chal­lenges fac­ing Seat­tle. I have no doubt that Cary will remain active in our city and con­tin­ue to con­tribute to its vibrant future.”

“I am hon­ored that the vot­ers have giv­en me this great oppor­tu­ni­ty, but with the hon­or comes a deep respon­si­bil­i­ty,” Durkan continued.

“The hard work of deliv­er­ing progress starts today. 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.”

“Over the next few weeks, I look for­ward to work­ing close­ly with May­or Burgess and the City Coun­cil as well as city offi­cials and work­ers to ensure a smooth transition.”

Because of Ed Mur­ray’s res­ig­na­tion, Durkan will be tak­ing over as May­or of Seat­tle on Novem­ber 28th instead of Jan­u­ary 1st, 2018.

That means she will have less than half the amount of time an incom­ing may­or cho­sen by the vot­ers would nor­mal­ly have to plan an inau­gu­ra­tion and pre­pare to assume the duties of the office. The lop­sided vote in her favor will make the tran­si­tion eas­i­er, but a lot must still be accom­plished in a short timeframe.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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