Councilmember Gonzalez considering run for Seattle mayor

Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez is seriously considering a run for mayor.

Gonzalez's political consultant Christian Sinderman, who previously worked on Mayor Murray's campaign, confirmed the news on Thursday.

No word on when she may officially decide or announce. 

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, this run would be 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.

The increasingly competitive race for Seattle mayor now exceeds a dozen candidates, with former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan officially announcing on Friday. 

Washington State Representative Jessyn Farrell also announced a run on Friday. 

The new additions to the race comes the same week that Murray announced he would not seek re-election as he battles allegations he sexually abused teens in the 1980s.

Gonzalez was the first Latina to be elected to the council, and formerly served as a senior advisor and legal counsel to Murray.

Seattle has not had a female mayor since Bertha Knight Landes who served from 1926 to 1928. 

Here's the growing list of potential candidates.

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