Seattle mayor-elect Durkan promises progress

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mayor-Elect Jenny Durkan said in a statement Wednesday that the hard work of delivering progress in the Pacific Northwest's largest city starts today.

She said, "I am honored that the voters have given me this great opportunity, but with the honor comes a deep responsibility." A second batch of ballots showed her maintaining a 20-point lead in the all mail-in election.

The former U.S. attorney's opponent, Cary Moon, conceded the race Wednesday afternoon and said she had called Durkan to congratulate her.

Durkan defeated Moon to become the first female mayor of the city since Bertha Knight Landes was elected in 1926.

Durkan captured just over 60 percent of the votes while Moon tallied about 40 percent.

Seattle voters chose between Durkan and Moon to replace former Mayor Ed Murray, who resigned earlier this year amid accusations of sexual abuse.

Because Murray resigned, Durkan will take office as soon as the election is certified in late November, instead of January.

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