Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien became the latest city council member to pick a mayoral candidate this morning, endorsing Nikkita Oliver. "The challenges and opportunities in front of the City of Seattle require a new type of leadership that only Nikkita Oliver can bring to our city," O'Brien said in a video about why he's supporting Oliver.
Yesterday, Council Member Bruce Harrell endorsed Jenny Durkan, calling her "an accomplished leader, a civil rights champion, a community builder, and a person who gets things done."
O'Brien has given $250 to both Oliver and Cary Moon and on Thursday hosted an event at Naked City Brewery in support of Moon. Notably, he is not supporting his old friend Mike McGinn. (McGinn this week released a promise to limit new sales and property taxes in favor of taxing corporations, but has picked up few high-profile endorsements.)
O'Brien joins Council Member Kshama Sawant in formally backing Oliver. In backing Durkan, Harrell joins Council Members Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, and Debora Juarez. Council Member Rob Johnson is supporting Jessyn Farrell. Council Members Lisa Herbold and Lorena González have not yet made endorsements.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times endorsed Durkan this afternoon.
Seattle Transit Blog picked Jessyn Farrell.
As Dan posted yesterday, The Urbanist is backing Cary Moon
The Seattle Fire Fighters Union endorsed Durkan, saying "we know that Jenny will prioritize basic services."
Last week, the non-partisan Municipal League, which rates how effective the candidates would be, ranked all of the six major contenders "outstanding" or "very good"
In non-mayoral endorsements: The Urbanist and the Metropolitan Democratic Club picked Teresa Mosqueda, who has been racking up union and Democratic Party endorsements in the race for the open city council seat, Position 8. The Seattle Times picked Sara Nelson, praising her small business perspective. The Fire Fighters Union endorsed Mayor Ed Murray's former public safety adviser, Scott Lindsay, for city attorney.
The only endorsements you really need—the Stranger Election Control Board's—come out next week.