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Cary Moon

Cary Moon

Carol Consuela Moon[1] (born June 21, 1963) is an American political activist who was part of the campaign to re-open Seattle's waterfront after the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Moon was a candidate for Mayor of Seattle in the 2017 mayoral election, finishing second in the primary and advancing to face Jenny Durkan. During the general election, she trailed Durkan in preliminary results and conceded.[2]

Cary Moon
Born (1963-06-21) June 21, 1963
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BS)
University of Pennsylvania
OccupationUrban planner
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mark Reddington

Early life and education

Moon was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Buchanan, Michigan, one of seven siblings.[3][1] The Moon family owned an industrial respirator manufacturing business, which Cary helped run in the early 1990s.[4]

Moon attended the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor's degree in operations engineering, and later earned a master's degree in landscape architecture with a certificate in urban design from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.[5]


Moon moved to Seattle in 1998, establishing an urban design and landscape architecture firm named Landscape Agents and serving as its principal until 2006.[5][6] One of the firm's major projects was a neighborhood plan for Pioneer Square that was commissioned by the city government.[5]

Moon co-founded the People's Waterfront Coalition (PWC) with activist Grant Cogswell in 2004, in response to plans to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, an elevated freeway on the Seattle waterfront, with a new freeway. The PWC proposed a surface option, demolishing the viaduct in favor of a boulevard, parks, and transit priority instead of the proposed elevated structure or freeway tunnel.[7] The viaduct replacement plan was rejected in a public referendum in March 2007, earning Moon a Stranger Genius Award from The Stranger.[8] The group was ultimately unsuccessful in preventing construction of the replacement freeway tunnel, but the surface option was adopted along with a waterfront park.[9][10]

2017 mayoral campaign

Moon and Jenny Durkan at a campaign forum in 2017.

Moon declared her candidacy for mayor of Seattle on April 17, 2017, running primarily on the issue of housing affordability in the city.[9] This included a right-to-shelter housing policy for the homeless.[11] Moon finished second in the August primary election, behind former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, and advanced to the November general election. Moon finished narrowly ahead of activist Nikkita Oliver in the primary election, with a margin of 1,170 votes (0.6 percent).[12] Moon finished 20 points behind Durkan in the initial returns on November 7. The following day, she conceded and congratulated Durkan.[13]

Personal life

Moon is married to Mark Reddington, a principal with LMN Architects, and has two teenage children.[4][10] She divorced her first husband in 2005.[3] She lives in a condominium near Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle and has assets worth $4.1 million.[4]


  1. Raftery, Isolde; Huberman, Bond (July 26, 2017). "Cary Moon's real name is Carol and no, she's not related to Molly Moon". KUOW. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  2. Beekman, Daniel (November 7, 2017). "Jenny Durkan defeats Cary Moon to become Seattle's first woman mayor since the 1920s". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  3. Brunner, Jim; Kelleher, Susan (October 15, 2017). "Cary Moon: Urbanist, waterfront activist touts vision for city, faces questions about résumé, accomplishments". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  4. Kroman, David (September 25, 2017). "Worth millions: Seattle mayoral candidates discuss their wealth". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  5. Thompson, Lynn (July 15, 2017). "In crowded Seattle mayoral race, Cary Moon offers progressive vision and faces challenge to stand apart". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  6. Enlow, Clair (April 21, 2004). "Design Perspectives: Are we better off without the viaduct?". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. Barnett, Erica C. (April 5, 2004). "Nothing Goes Here". The Stranger. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  8. Barnett, Erica C. (September 13, 2007). "Genius Awards: Cary Moon". The Stranger. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  9. Beekman, Daniel (April 19, 2017). "Cary Moon, activist who fought Highway 99 tunnel, to run for Seattle mayor". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  10. Conklin, Ellis E. (February 17, 2015). "Road Kill: How Bertha Left the Surface-Street Option In the Dust". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 2017-10-01. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  11. Martin, Jonathan (September 16, 2017). "Cary Moon supports a 'right to shelter' for the homeless. What does that mean for Seattle?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  12. Beekman, Daniel (August 15, 2017). "Durkan, Moon advance in Seattle mayor's race — without Oliver's endorsement". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  13. Beekman, Daniel (November 8, 2017). "Cary Moon concedes to Jenny Durkan in Seattle mayoral election". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
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