Openly gay candidate wins Dem nom in Seattle
When the polls closed on Election Day a week ago, Pedersen was in the lead, but the race was too close to call. With the tally of mail-in ballots almost complete, Pedersen’s lead has grown to 252 votes, an insurmountable lead for his closest challenger. County election officials will certify the election on Friday. Pedersen, who is expected to win the general election easily in the overwhelmingly Democratic 43rd District of Seattle, succeeds openly gay Rep. Ed Murray, who is running for a seat in the state Senate.
“Jamie’s win reflects what we’ve seen in the election of openly LGBT candidates across the country. He’d given back to his community through his work helping local organizations, and brought to the table tremendous experience and understanding about issues important to his district. Voters saw that he had fought hard to protect the rights of others and would do the same for them as their representative. Jamie’s years of leadership, hard work and the relationships he forged with so many diverse communities will serve his constituents well in Olympia,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.