Jenny Durkan

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

No one is going to remember the Durkan administration, positively or negatively, based on its transit or land use legacy. The twin crises of the pandemic and a reckoning with racist policing will dominate the historical record. But here at STB, we always size up the outgoing mayor (Murray, McGinn, Nickels) on this basis. And her legacy will largely be stasis, with isolated progress and some major setbacks.
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Listen: Jenny Durkan reflects on highs, lows of tenure as Seattle mayor

Jenny Durkan has been mayor of Seattle during a time of incredible change. She oversaw the city's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, protests against racist policing and the controversy over police tactics that followed. On Friday at the stroke of midnight, she passes that responsibility on to Bruce Harrell.

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Grants

SEATTLE (December 16, 2021) – Mayor Durkan and the Seattle Office of Economic Development announce the grant recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund. In August, Mayor Durkan announced more than $6 million in neighborhood recovery funding through the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) established under the American Rescue Plan Act. (ARPA). Funding was invested through both direct grants to neighborhood business district organizations and public request for proposals (RFP) to support community driven solutions from a broader range of eligible applicants including business organizations, community organizations, cultural districts, cultural organizations, arts organizations, small businesses such as community event producers, artists, consultants, or a collection of individuals supporting neighborhood strategies with broadly shared benefits.

Exit interview: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on the pandemic, Amazon, and fighting the city council

To suggest that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had a pressurized run as the Emerald City’s top elected official is to badly understate her tenure. Drafted into office after a disgraced former mayor resigned and then faced with meteoric-yet-destabilizing growth, a worldwide pandemic, generational social unrest and a city council that had very different ideas about governance, Durkan’s weathered run in local history is unlike any of her predecessors.

Jenny Durkan on Those Missing Texts, CHOP, and Covid

Jenny Durkan vowed to be a “fierce and gentle” leader of Seattle after routing Cary Moon in the 2017 mayoral election. The former U.S. attorney swiftly showed her commitment to the city's future, signing a pledge to make community college free for local high school students less than 24 hours after assuming her new gig.