Seattle city councilmember Lorena Gonzalez not running for mayor

Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez announced Tuesday she will not join the crowded field running for Seattle mayor.

Gonzalez released a statement saying she made the decision after talking with her family.

“While being the Mayor of Seattle would be an incredible honor, I remain focused on the work we have yet to accomplish on the Seattle City Council," said Gonzalez. "Over the next four years, I am uniquely positioned to continue protecting our immigrant and refugee families and championing paid family and medical leave, police reform and housing affordability. I am humbled by the incredible outpouring of support and encouragement to consider this opportunity but I instead will redouble my efforts on the Seattle City Council as a citywide representative in Position 9.”

Gonzelez, a former mayoral advisor, made headlines as the civil rights attorney who sued the Seattle Police Department in an alleged police brutality case in which Officer Shandy Cobane threatened to beat the "Mexican piss" out of a Latino man in 2010. It was one of the cases which prompted the DOJ to review practices within the SPD.

There has been a lot of talk, since Gonzalez started on the council in 2015, that she would eventually seek higher office. However, run would have been something of a political risk. She has not gained a serious challenger for her council seat in this re-election cycle. If she was to give it up for a shot to run for mayor, it could potentially open up another seat and cause the political winds at the council to shift again.

More than a dozen people have announced their candidacy ahead of this Friday's filing deadline.

Mayor Ed Murray, who is battling a lawsuit claiming he sexually abused teens in the 1980s, is not running for a second term.

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