Seattle City Council member Lorena González is running for Washington state attorney general.
González announced her campaign in a video released Thursday morning. She cited her experience as a civil rights attorney, as well as her second-term serving as an at-large member of the City Council.
The Democrat made no mention of incumbent Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has indicated interest in running for governor. He and a handful of other gubernatorial hopefuls are waiting to see how Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2020 presidential bid unfolds. Inslee has not ruled out seeking re-election for a third term, and has yet to provide a timeline for when he’ll make the decision.
To be clear, I will NOT run against @BobFergusonAG, who has led the state, and the nation, in protecting our civil rights. Bob is a good friend and he has served our state well. (@EssexKIRO7 @KIRO7Seattle) https://t.co/Zyh0RufNls
— M. Lorena González (@MLorenaGonzalez) August 8, 2019
González is a Mexican-American and first-generation immigrant from the Lower Yakima Valley. If elected, she would be the state’s first person of color to hold the post.
“As Washington state’s top lawyer, I will lead the fight against white nationalism and its links to domestic terrorism and violence, like what we’ve just seen in the tragic mass killing in El Paso, Texas,” González said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “Whether it’s on behalf of immigrants like my parents, farmers hurt by shortsighted trade wars, or scammed seniors, I will be the people’s lawyer for all of Washington.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.