Larry Gossett, Girmay Zahilay

Photo courtesy the Seattle Times

In a tightly contested race for Metropolitan King County Council, public bank advocate Girmay Zahilay is giving 22-year incumbent Larry Gossett the toughest election of his career. The Seattle Times reports that Zahilay “wants King County to create a public bank, pointing to a just-passed California law that lets cities and counties set up public banks to lend money at lower interest rates for things like affordable housing and infrastructure projects.”

Zahilay is an immigrant, product of South Seattle public housing, and an Ivy League-educated lawyer, and his campaign won 52% of the primary vote to Gossett’s 39%. Gossett has never gotten less than 80% of the vote in a general election.

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