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Bruce Harrell Elected Mayor of Seattle as City Eyes Turnaround

Bruce Harrell in Seattle on Nov. 2.
Bruce Harrell in Seattle on Nov. 2.Photographer: Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

Bruce Harrell, a former Seattle City Council president, won the race for mayor in Washington state’s largest city, defeating the council’s current president M. Lorena Gonzalez.

Harrell, seen as the more moderate of the two candidates, led 62% to 38% as more mail-in ballots were tabulated today. With a dwindling number of ballots remaining to be received and counted, Harrell declared victory and Gonzalez conceded. Harrell, 63, who served as interim mayor in 2017, would be the first elected Asian-American and second Black Seattle mayor.