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Seattle voters to elect first female mayor since 1926

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By LISA BAUMANN
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle voters on Tuesday will elect a woman mayor for the second time.

Voters are choosing between urban planner Cary Moon or former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to lead a city dealing with the benefits and problems of an economy booming for some more than others as e-commerce giant Amazon expands.

The contest comes after former Mayor Ed Murray, who was expected to easily win re-election, dropped his bid following accusations of sexual abuse by multiple men.

The race between Durkan and Moon has centered on how the city will respond to changes largely brought by Amazon, which employs about 40,000 people in Seattle.

Housing prices have skyrocketed amid constant complaints about traffic and worries that the poor and middle class are being priced out.

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