Shell stay in her race for re-election to the Seattle City Council.
She'll stay in her race for re-election to the Seattle City Council. City of Seattle

A popular city council member who was widely floated as a potential mayoral contender is not running after all.

Seattle City Council member Lorena González said today she'll continue seeking re-election to her council seat instead of running in a newly wide open mayor's race.

"While being the mayor of Seattle would be an incredible honor," González said in a statement today, "I remain focused on the work we have yet to accomplish on the Seattle City Council. Over the next four years, I am uniquely positioned to continue protecting our immigrant and refugee families and championing paid family and medical leave, police reform and housing affordability."

González—a take-no-shit civil rights lawyer and daughter of migrant farm workers—would have been an exciting addition to the race. As a city council member, González has sponsored legislation to create an immigrant legal defense fund and ban conversion therapy. She helped lead the fight for legislation to give hourly workers more control over their schedules and has promised to push for mandated paid family leave for all employees in Seattle if the state does not pass a paid leave policy this session.

But with establishment interests lining up behind former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and many on the social justice left supporting lawyer and educator Nikkita Oliver, González may have had trouble carving out a clear path to victory. (That's to not even mention former mayor Mike McGinn, urban planner Cary Moon, State Representative Jessyn Farrell, or State Senator Bob Hasegawa, who are all running.)

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González also would have lost her council seat if she was unsuccessful in a bid for mayor.

"I am humbled by the incredible outpouring of support and encouragement to consider this opportunity," González said in today's statement, "but I instead will redouble my efforts on the Seattle City Council as a citywide representative in Position 9."

She has not drawn a serious challenger for that seat. Candidates must file to run for office by the end of the week.