Durkan takes strong early lead in Seattle mayor race

SEATTLE (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan has taken a strong early lead in a Seattle race for mayor that will give the booming liberal city its first female mayor since the 1920s.

Ninety-one years after the city elected Bertha Knight Landes as mayor, early returns Tuesday were showing Durkan had captured more than a 20-point lead with nearly 61 percent of the first votes tallied in the all-mail election. Urban planner Cary Moon had tallied just over 39 percent of the vote.

Ballot counting will continue over the next several days.

Voters were choosing between Durkan, 59, or Moon, 54, or to lead this city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands.