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Lorena González concedes Seattle mayor’s race; Harrell wins

November 5, 2021 GMT
Lorena Gonzalez, right, who is running against Bruce Harrell in the race for mayor of Seattle, meets with supporters Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at her election night gathering at a restaurant in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Lorena Gonzalez, right, who is running against Bruce Harrell in the race for mayor of Seattle, meets with supporters Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at her election night gathering at a restaurant in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Lorena Gonzalez, right, who is running against Bruce Harrell in the race for mayor of Seattle, meets with supporters Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at her election night gathering at a restaurant in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle City Council President Lorena González has conceded the mayor’s race, after an updated vote tally on Thursday showed former Council President Bruce Harrell with an insurmountable lead.

In a statement, González said she had called Harrell to congratulate him and wish him luck.

The 63-year-old Harrell, who grew up in a redlined Seattle neighborhood, was elected with strong support from the business community. He will be the city’s first Asian American and second Black mayor.

González is one of three candidates — along with city attorney hopeful Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and City Council candidate Nikkita Oliver — who stumbled in the election after endorsing leftist prescriptions for addressing homelessness, policing and public safety.