Seattle Gets First Gay Mayor As Ed Murray Claims Early Victory
Fresh off the heels of dethroning San Francisco as the gayest large city in America, Seattle once again raised its LGBT Pride flag high by electing the city's first openly gay mayor, Ed Murray (pictured right).
The former state senator made a household name for himself in Washington after being instrumental in marriage equality's success in the state in 2012. It looks like claiming the mayorship of Seattle from incumbent Mike McGinn is his prize. With 57 percent of the spread in his pocket compared to McGinn's 43, Murray all but declared victory at a campaign dinner party in the city's gay neighborhood, Capitol Hill.
“This campaign was energized by the belief that Seattle can show the nation that government can work once again,” he said before thanking McGinn for his service.
McGinn was notably deflated by the early results and told a crowd of supporters, "We know we're going to have to call Ed Murray and congratulate him."
Murray joins Houston's Annise Parker, who was overwhelmingly re-elected on Tuesday night, in the small but growing pool of openly-LGBT mayors of large American cities.