Seattle Councilmember Jean Godden concedes: 'It's over'

SEATTLE -- Longtime Seattle councilwoman Jean Godden has conceded.

"It's over," she said sadly.

The three-term City Councilmember called her opponents and acknowledged defeat late Thursday afternoon after primary election numbers showed her in third place. The top two contenders for the Fourth District seat move on to the general election.

"Of course I'm disappointed that I hadn't done better," said the 83-year-old Godden, who would be 84 by the time of the election.

Even before election results were tallied, Godden had a feeling the race wasn't going her way.

"My gut tells me that maybe the voters have said that they prefer my two opponents," she said.

Godden was first elected to the council in 2003. After three wins, she's not sure what happened this primary, why she's 2,095 votes behind Rob Johnson or 733 votes behind Michael Maddux. She said maybe she alienated people who disagreed with some of her council votes over the years.

But Godden says she's not apologetic for any of her work especially on gender equity or paid parental leave.

The former newspaper columnist said maybe she'll have to write a book "and tell all." She said she knows a lot more stories than she ever wrote and said would likely get sued if she shared them.

Godden has five months left in her term.

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