SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle City Council President Lorena González has conceded the mayor’s race, after an updated vote tally on Thursday showed former Council President Bruce Harrell with an insurmountable lead.
In a statement, González said she had called Harrell to congratulate him and wish him luck.
The 63-year-old Harrell, who grew up in a redlined Seattle neighborhood, was elected with strong support from the business community. He will be the city’s first Asian American and second Black mayor.
González is one of three candidates — along with city attorney hopeful Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and City Council candidate Nikkita Oliver — who stumbled in the election after endorsing leftist prescriptions for addressing homelessness, policing and public safety.
“I’ve extended my sincere congratulations to Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell. I’ve known Bruce for over 30 years, and I know as Mayor he will work hard for the people of Seattle. Voters showed their commitment to a just and hopeful future for all Seattle residents. I know Bruce wants every family to thrive in Seattle. He will bring people together to tackle the tough challenges we face on COVID-19, homelessness, public safety, and climate change. I hope all of Seattle joins to support him in these critical times.