Seven candidates announce they will run for Seattle mayor

Feb 5, 2021
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Written by Washington Retail
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So far, seven candidates have announced they will run for Seattle mayor in this year’s election. Incumbent Jenny Durkan has announced she will not seek re-election to a second term.

The candidates will first compete in the August 3rd primary election. The two top vote getters will move on to the November 2nd general election. The mayor serves a four-year term. Whoever is elected will face numerous challenges including economic hardships for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic with resulting store closures and widespread unemployment; rampant organized retail crime; homelessness on city streets; and calls for police reform.

The announced candidates are:

  • City Council President Lorena Gonzalez
  • Andrew Grant Houston, an architect and urban designer
  • Lance Randall, who leads a South Seattle economic development non-profit
  • Colleen Echohawk, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club
  • Henry Clay Dennison, a former candidate for Governor under the Socialist Workers Party
  • Matthew Ervin
  • William Kopatich

Those interested in running have until May 21 to file their candidacy with King County Elections. The other citywide offices – City Attorney and the two at-large Council seats – are also on the ballot this year. The seven Council district seats on are the ballot in 2023.

Source: Seattle Times