González holds on to Council position, Mosqueda wins open seat

Election results from around Washington State.

Labor leader Teresa Mosqueda and City Councilmember Lorena González each won their respective races for Seattle City Council positions on Tuesday night.

After a third round of returns were released Wednesday, Mosqueda (61.22 percent; 87,414 votes) held a big lead over Jon Grant (38.78 percent; 55,375 votes) in the race to replace veteran councilmember Tim Burgess.

"It has been a long campaign, but I believe we are in this position tonight because of the broad coalition of neighbors across Seattle who share that vision," Mosqueda said in a statement Tuesday.

Grant said in a statement that regardless of what subsequent returns show, his campaign has been a success for marginalized communities.

"We know there is a hunger for change in our city, and whatever happens, we will stand by our neighbors and fight alongside them for a more inclusive, affordable Seattle," Grant said.

Mosqueda has accrued support from more than two dozen local unions, as well as state lawmakers and current council members Sally Bagshaw, Lorena Gonzalez and Rob Johnson.

Mosqueda has said her priorities revolve around protecting working families, seniors and the most vulnerable.

Grant, housing activist and former director of the Tenants Union, identifies with the Socialist Alternative Party and has the backing of Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Lisa Herbold. He’s put forward the most aggressive affordable housing plan, proposing 25 percent mandatory housing affordability.

Currently, the city’s range is between two to 11 percent. 

During the criminal justice/policing portion of the Seattle Peoples Party debate in October, both candidates indicated they are opposed to expanding the police force.

Grant said more officers would be moving in the wrong direction for the city.

Mosqueda said she would make sure there was more money for alternative programs and diversions for incarceration.

Regardless of which is elected, Seattle City Council will likely move farther left -- with the loss of Burgess.

Considered one of the most moderate members on council, Burgess announced in December he would not seek a fourth term.

Incumbent Councilmember González was being challenged by small business owner and neighborhood activist Pat Murakami for Seattle City Council Position 9.

González garnered 68.97 percent of the vote (98,650 votes) after a second round of returns. Murakami earned 31.03 percent (44,386 votes).

About 143,000 votes were counted in each race as of Wednesday afternoon.

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