Seattle was one of several large U.S. cities to elect a new mayor, although only about 33 percent of Seattle’s 400,000 registered voters turned out on Nov. 5 for the off-year election.
New York City overwhelmingly sent progressive Democrat Bill DeBlasio to live in the Big Apple’s mayoral home of Gracie Mansion, where outgoing Mayor Mike Bloomberg never slept one night, preferring to sleep at his luxurious Upper East Side apartment.
In Boston, Democrat Martin J. Walsh will take over for outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino. Detroit elected Mike Duggan, the first non-African-American mayor in years while Charlotte, N.C., elected Patrick Cannon.
Minneapolis has a new mayor in Betsy Hodges. Ohio metro centers Cincinnati and Toledo have new mayors, too, as does Pennsylvania’s western hub Pittsburgh.
Seattle’s Nov. 5 mayoral election drew its fair share of attention as challenger Ed Murray sent one-term Mayor Mike McGinn to overwhelming defeat. Murray, the Washington state senator, won with 56.1 percent of the vote.
However, the Seattle duel was one of only 10 mayoral races contested in the state of Washington this November election cycle.
The cities of Federal Way, Auburn, Issaquah and Lynnwood all also have new mayor-elects, as incumbents in those municipalities suffered defeat at the polls or chose not to seek re-election.
Nancy Backus is the new mayor-elect in Auburn; Jim Ferrell is the new leader in Auburn; Fred Butler will take over in Issaquah and Nicola Smith won in Lynnwood.
Five other Evergreen State municipalities will retain their current mayors, including Bremerton, Everett, Kent, Tacoma and Vancouver.
In addition to a new mayor, Seattleites approved Charter Amendment 19, which means city council members will be elected from specific district elections instead of at-large city berths.
Seattle had been one of only three major American cities with the at-large council representation, including Columbus, Ohio, and Portland, Ore. The Seattle City Council will now be made up of locally elected council members, just like Boston, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Denver.