Lorena González (Seattle politician)

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M. Lorena González
Photograph of Lorena González
Lorena González in 2016
Member of the Seattle City Council,
At-large Position 9
Assumed office
November 24, 2015
Preceded byJohn Okamoto
Personal details
BornProsser, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSeattle, Washington
EducationYakima Valley College
Washington State University
Seattle University School of Law
WebsiteCampaign website

Maria Lorena González is an American politician and civil rights attorney. She serves on the Seattle City Council in the city-wide 9th seat. She was the first Latina elected to the council.[1] In August 2019, González announced her candidacy for Washington state attorney general.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

González was born in Prosser, Washington and raised in Grandview.[3] She has five siblings.[4] Her parents came to the United States as undocumented immigrants in the early 1960s, and became legal permanent residents in the 1970s. Her mother became a citizen 1996.[5] She described her early life as a "Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker household."[6] González was crowned Grandview Miss Junior in 1994.[3]

González attended Yakima Valley College at the Grandview Campus and earned a degree in business from Washington State University in 1999.[3] During this time, she says she worked three jobs and relied on the assistance from scholarships to pay for her education.[7] She moved to Seattle in 2002 and began attending the Seattle University School of Law, earning her JD in 2005.[4][6]

Legal career[edit]

After graduating from law school, González became an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell.[8]

In 2012, she represented a Latino man in a civil rights case, Monetti V. City of Seattlle, against the city of Seattle for discriminatory police conduct. Her client received a $150,000 settlement, but she told the Seattle Times that the Seattle Police Department seemed incapable admitting that the incident was an example of biased policing.[9] In 2014, she became legal counsel to Seattle mayor Ed Murray.[6]

Seattle City Council[edit]

In 2015, González ran for the 9th position on the Seattle City Council after Sally J. Clark dropped her reelection bid for one of the two remaining at-large seats on the council.[6] González won the election with more then 78% of the vote,[10] and replaced John Okamoto, who was temporarily on the council after Clark resigned to take a job at the University of Washington. González was the first Latina to be elected to the council.[1] In 2017, González was reelected to office with more than 70% of the vote.[11]

Attorney general campaign[edit]

On August 8, 2019, González announced her intention to run for state attorney general in the 2020 election, to replace Bob Ferguson who is expected to run for governor.[2] She intends to continue her work on the Seattle City Council during the campaign.[12]

Personal life[edit]

González has lived in Seattle since 2002 and currently resides in West Seattle's Alaska Junction.[4][6][13] She married her husband, Cameron, in November 2017.[14][15]

Electoral history[edit]

2015 election[edit]

Seattle City Council Position 9, Primary Election 2015[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan M. Lorena González 77,839 65.02%
Nonpartisan Bill Bradburd 17,895 14.95%
Nonpartisan Alon Bassok 10,946 9.14%
Nonpartisan Thomas A. Tobin 9,361 7.82%
Nonpartisan Omari Tahir-Garrett 1,854 1.55%
Nonpartisan Alex Tsimerman 1,470 1.23%
Nonpartisan Write-in 344 0.29%
Turnout 126,012 30.41%
Registered electors 414,340
Seattle City Council Position 9, General Election 2015[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan M. Lorena González 128,588 78.06%
Nonpartisan Bill Bradburd 35,293 21.43%
Nonpartisan Write-in 844 0.51%
Majority 93,293 56.63%
Turnout 191,267 45.62%
Registered electors 419,292

2017 election[edit]

Seattle City Council Position 9, Primary Election 2017[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan M. Lorena González 108,602 64.17%
Nonpartisan Pat Murakami 33,349 19.71%
Nonpartisan David Preston 14,503 8.57%
Nonpartisan Pauly Giuglianotti 3,782 2.23%
Nonpartisan Eric W. Smiley 3,069 1.81%
Nonpartisan Ian Affleck-Asch 2,585 1.53%
Nonpartisan Ty Pethe 2,574 1.52%
Nonpartisan Write-in 768 0.45%
Turnout 187,741 40.49%
Registered electors 463,660
Seattle City Council Position 9, General Election 2017[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan M. Lorena González 143,839 70.75%
Nonpartisan Pat Murakami 58,700 28.87%
Nonpartisan Write-in 779 0.38%
Majority 85,139 41.88%
Turnout 224,808 49.21%
Registered electors 456,871


  1. ^ a b Groover, Heidi (November 24, 2015). "Lorena González, the First Latina Ever Elected to the Seattle City Council, Will Be Sworn In Today". The Stranger. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Seattle Councilmember Lorena González announces bid for state attorney general". King5 News. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Klepach, Scott. "Community: Up-and-Coming Professionals: Seattle Attorney Lorena Gonzalez". Tú Decides. Tú Decides Media. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "About Councilmember Lorena González". Seattle City Council Website. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Seattle University honors Lorena Gonzalez '05 with Community Service Award : Seattle University School of Law : Seattle Washington". law.seattleu.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  6. ^ a b c d e Beekman, Daniel (February 18, 2015). "Seattle mayor's legal counsel announces bid for City Council". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez: 2018 We Choose All of Us Annual Conference". wechooseallofus.sched.com. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "People on the Move". seattlepi.com. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  9. ^ "SPD lawsuit over racial slur settled for $150K". Seattle Times. June 27, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  10. ^ "Election Results General and Special Election". King County Elections. November 24, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "King County November 7, 2017 General Election". results.vote.wa.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  12. ^ "Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González: Why I'm running for attorney general of Washington state". KUOW. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  13. ^ Record, Tracy (November 15, 2016). "Hala Rezoning: What tonight's Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting heard, said, and asked". West Seattle Blog. Retrieved February 24, 2019. at-large Councilmember Lorena González, who lives in The Junction
  14. ^ Lorena_González [@MLorenaGonzalez] (January 8, 2018). "Celebrating the inauguration with some quality time and lots of love with my husband, Cameron" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Norimine, Hayat (September 18, 2017). "Bagshaw Apologizes to González for Comments on Friday". SeattleMet. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "Elections Results - Primary and Special Election" (PDF). King County Elections. August 17, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Elections Results - General and Special Election" (PDF). King County Elections. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Elections Results - Primary and Special Election" (PDF). King County Elections. August 15, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Elections Results - General and Special Election" (PDF). King County Elections. November 27, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2019.

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