Ballots drop and TV ads launch in final stretch of mayor's race

VIDEO: Candidates for Seattle mayor are running their first TV ads

SEATTLE, Wash. — Ballots went out to voters today and money has poured into the mayor's race in the last few days. And the campaigns have launched their first TV ads of the general election campaign.

“Within my first weeks, I'll have rental vouchers in the hands of families in need,” says Jenny Durkan in her new ad.

In her new ad, an announcer described Cary Moon as “An urban planner and civic leader, Cary will bring a new kind of leadership to our city.”

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We looked at the ads with Seattle University political scientist Marco Lowe-- and he quickly saw a similarity-- housing prices.

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“Voters are demanding that campaigns have to address it. And both in very different ways I think make effective messages in these ads to try to tell voters this mayoral candidate can address housing prices in Seattle,” Lowe said.

Durkan doesn't mention Moon in her ad, but Moon takes a swipe at Durkan’s support from big corporations and former Mayor Ed Murray.

“It's not subtle,” Lowe said with a laugh.

The big money is supporting Durkan. In all, the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce – called Civic Alliance for a Strong Economy – has donated $611,000 to the independent group supporting Jenny Durkan, according to disclosure records. Amazon alone gave the Chamber group $350,000.

But Durkan has individual support, too. Disclosure records show she has raised $822,000 from 3471 individuals.

Cary Moon has raised $278,000 from just 716 donors. More than half the money, $176,000, comes from her own pocket.

We asked Professor Lowe about all the political money. He worked for Mayor Greg Nickels.

“I've never seen in my experience any elected official say this person really helped me I have to go help them. Usually the really hard conversation is this person really helped me, now I'm going to disappoint them, how do we do that as softly as possible,” Lowe said.

Ballots could start arriving in mailboxes as early as tomorrow.