Seattle Has Elected Its First Openly Lesbian Mayor

Seattle has elected Jenny Durkan, the city's first openly lesbian mayor. (photo credit: Joe Mabel / Flickr)

Seattle has elected Jenny Durkan, the city's first openly lesbian mayor.

Durkan, who was the country’s first openly-gay U.S. attorney, mentioned Bertha Knight Landes, who won the city’s highest office in 1926 and served until 1928. And she noted that a tunnel-boring machine that famously broke down for about two years had been named after the leader. “Ninety-two years later, Seattle is about to have a new woman mayor,” Durkan said, joking, “Just imagine what they’re going to blame on me.”

Speaking to supporters, Durkan said:

“We really can show what it looks like when progressive values are put into action,” she said, adding, “Donald Trump, keep your hands off Seattle.”

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