Harrell defeats González to become Seattle's next mayor
Although the 2021 general election results are still unofficial, many of the races had been decided last week, including the highly contested mayor's race. According to King County Elections results, Bruce Harrell defeated Lorena González to replace outgoing Mayor Jenny Durkan.
González conceded the election Thursday night.
In a statement, González said, although her campaign was over, work continues to help Seattle residents who continue to struggle.
“Together, we shaped the conversation on our city's most pressing issues, and Mayor-Elect Harrell made commitments in response to our pressure to not criminalize poverty, to expand progressive revenue sources, to demilitarize the police and invest in alternative responses to public safety calls, and to rapidly create appropriate shelter and not forcibly sweep the unhoused from public spaces,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
Among his campaign platforms, Harrell stated, as mayor, his mission and priority will be to ensure all Seattle residents feels safe in their community.
“These results prove that we can and will change the narrative in this city by coming together, uniting around our shared values, and doing the work to move Seattle forward,” Harrell posted on his Twitter feed last week. “I can’t wait to get to started.”
In the other highly contested race of great interest to voters, Ann Davison defeated Nicole Thomas-Kennedy in the city attorney race to replace City Attorney Pete Holmes, who was defeated in the primary election. As of Friday, Davison's victory was all but secured, with Davison picking up 125,437 votes to Thomas-Kennedy's 112,862 and 17,835 ballots remaining to count.
In the City Council races, incumbent Teresa Mosqueda held off a challenge by Kenneth Wilson in the at-large Position 8 race. In the at-large Council Position 9 race to replace González, Sara Nelson, co-owner of Fremont Brewing and adviser to former City Councilmember Rob Conlin, defeated lawyer and non-profit administrator Nikkita Oliver.
In the local District 4 School Board race, Vivian Song Maritz easily defeated Queen Anne resident Laura Marie Rivera.
Although District 4 encompasses Queen Anne, Magnolia and part of Ballard, in the general election, Seattle residents got to vote in all the School Board races. In the race for District 5, which includes the Central District, Capitol Hill, Leschi and Madrona, Michelle Sarju defeated opponent Dan Harder. Sarju will take over for outgoing board member Zachary DeWolf, who chose not to run for reelection. Lastly, incumbent Brandon K. Hersey secured his reelection bid in the District 7 race, easily defeating challenger Genesis Williamson.
Of the 1,400,321 registered voters in King County, officials had counted 568,291 ballots as of Nov. 5, with an estimated 36,000 ballots left to count.
For the latest results, go to https://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/results/2021/202111.aspx.
2021 General Election results as of Nov. 5
• Denotes incumbent
City of Seattle
Bruce Harrell: 146,660 Votes, 59.29 Percent
M. Lorena González: 99,950 Votes, 40.41 Percent
Ann Davison: 125,437 Votes, 52.23 Percent
Nicole Thomas-Kennedy: 112,862 Votes, 46.99 Percent
Council Position No. 8
• Teresa Mosqueda: 138,302 Votes, 58.77 Percent
Kenneth Wilson: 95,980 Votes, 40.78 Percent
Council Position 9
Sara Nelson: 131,732 Votes, 54.52 Percent
Nikkita Oliver: 109,471 Votes, 45.30 Percent
Seattle School District No. 1
Director District No. 4
Vivian Song Maritz: 158,598 Votes, 71.67 Percent
Laura Marie Rivera: 61,899 Votes, 27.97 Percent
Director District No. 5
Michelle Sarju: 189,968 Votes, 84.93 Percent
Dan Harder: 33,173 Votes, 14.83 Percent
Director District No. 7
• Brandon K. Hersey: 199,756 Votes, 92.55 Percent
Genesis Williamson: 14,373 Votes, 6.66 Percent
Port of Seattle
Commissioner Position 1
• Ryan Calkins: 369,122 Votes, 74.18 Percent
Norman Z. Sigler: 124,809 Votes, 25.08 Percent
Commissioner Position 3
Hamdi Mohamed: 272,469 Votes, 53.21 Percent
• Stephanie Bowman: 237,229 Votes, 46.33 Percent
Commissioner Position 4
Toshiko Grace Hasegawa: 273,679 Votes, 53.42 Percent
• Peter Steinbrueck: 235,927 Votes, 46.05 Percent
• Dow Constantine: 293,873 Votes, 54.98 Percent
Joe Nguyen: 234,405 Votes, 43.86 Percent
Charter Amendment No. 1: Preamble
Yes: 422,037 Votes, 78.56 Percent
No: 115,155 Votes, 21.44 Percent
Charter Amendment No. 2: Initiative, Referendum and Charter Amendment Timelines and Processes
Yes: 471,289 Votes, 89.37 Percent
No: 56,040 Votes, 10.63 Percent
Advisory Vote No. 36: Behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention tax
Repealed: 924,538 Votes, 54.11 Percent
Maintained: 784,072 Votes, 45.89 Percent
Advisory Vote No. 37: 7 percent tax on capital gains in excess of $250,000
Repealed: 1,049,022 Votes, 61.22 Percent
Maintained: 664,508 Votes, 38.78 Percent
Advisory Vote No. 38: Tax on captive insurers
Repealed: 961,644 Votes, 57.33 Percent
Maintained: 715,651 Votes, 42.67 Percent