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Seattle City Councilmember Mosqueda to seek 2nd term

January 6, 2021 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda will seek a second term on the Council, she announced Wednesday.

Mosqueda’s reelection bid, to her citywide seat, means she will not run for mayor. Mosqueda’s name had popped up in conversations about potential candidates to succeed Mayor Jenny Durkan, who is not seeking reelection, the Seattle Times reported.

A post to Mosqueda’s campaign website says she will seek reelection, calling her a “Leader for rights of workers and champion for affordable housing.”

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In an interview Wednesday morning, Mosqueda said the mayoral speculation was not unfounded.

“It’s something that I seriously considered and I am also humbled and appreciate the messages of encouragement,” she said. “But ultimately decided to continue on the City Council instead. For me, it was a matter of really making sure that this was work we could do through the legislative branch, I felt like that journey wasn’t over.”

Mosqueda, a former labor campaign director, was first elected in 2017, winning nearly 60% of the vote.