Less than two hours after Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark dropped her re-election bid Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray’s legal counsel, M. Lorena González, declared for the seat that Clark had been seeking.
Seven of the council’s nine spots are moving to representation by geographic district this year. But two will remain citywide seats, including the 9th Position, which González is after.
The 37-year-old, who plans to leave Murray’s office to campaign full-time, is an attorney by trade.
She practiced employment and gender-discrimination law prior to representing the mayor and was board president of the Seattle-based immigrant and human-rights organization One America.
The West Seattle resident grew up in Grandview, Yakima County, and was “raised in a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker household,” according to a news release. González “earned her first paycheck when she was 8 years old,” the release says.
“My parents worked hard to provide their kids the opportunity for a better life,” González said in her release. “In my career as a litigator, police-reform advocate and mayoral adviser, I’ve applied those same values of hard work and justice. On the council, I won’t back away from tackling tough issues or seeking solutions that build a stronger community.”
The Yakima Valley Community College and Washington State University graduate earned her law degree from Seattle University. Her early endorsers include state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, D-Seattle, and Estella Ortega, executive director of Seattle’s El Centro de la Raza.
Murray chose his words carefully Wednesday when asked about González’s announcement.
“Lorena is, as you will all certainly soon learn, a force of nature unto herself,” he said. “I’m sorry that she will be leaving to campaign at some point here in the near future and I want to wish her all the luck because she’s been an incredible member of the executive team in the mayor’s office.”
Bill Bradburd, Terry Hofman and David Ishii also have registered campaigns for the 9th Position.