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Today, HRC released the following statement after Jenny Durkan won Seattle’s mayoral race:

“HRC was proud to endorse Jenny Durkan to be Seattle’s next mayor because we know she will fight for equal rights and protections for everyone, including LGBTQ people,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “We look forward to working with Jenny on her pro-equality vision that will make Seattle an even stronger and more vibrant community.”

Durkan became the first out LGBTQ U.S. Attorney when she was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington in 2009, where she served until 2014. Proving her commitment to equality, Durkan created a civil rights unit within the U.S. Attorney’s Office to focus on housing discrimination, job discrimination, and the rights of returning veterans.

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