Seattle (AP) — The downtown Seattle business community celebrated Wednesday after taking the lead in a race of liberal mayors, city lawyers, and major councils calling for police defense.
“This election was an option. Do you need more performant dysfunction or do you need candidates to unite and produce results,” said John Shoals, president of the Seattle Downtown Association. Stated.
Tuesday’s election was two years ago when business support candidates failed against liberals who claimed that big companies like Amazon had too much influence in the largest cities in the northwest. It was very different from the city contest in.
With Washington’s full email voting system, it can take several days to find the final margin. However, strong presentations were needed by candidates who opposed the promotion to radically change police supporters who felt different approaches to public security and the homeless.
The results also reflected the frustration of far-left candidates elsewhere in New York City, USA, who was elected mayor of a former police officer who conducted a public security campaign.
In Seattle, former city council chairman Bruce Harrell, who urged the addition of police, including unarmed police officers, instead of cutting money, was counted on Wednesday as additional votes were counted, and current council chairman Lorena Gonzalez. Was exceeded by about 30 percentage points.
Growing up in a red-lining Seattle neighborhood, 63-year-old Harrell will be the first Asian-American and second black mayor in the city if the results are retained.
In a protest of racial justice after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd last year, Gonzales called for the Seattle Police Department to cut its budget in half.
The first mayor, Jenny Durkan, did not seek re-election.
Republican Ann Davison led police and prison abolitionist Nicole Thomas Kennedy in a race for city lawyers.
Seattle’s local elections are officially nonpartisan, but candidates identified as Republicans said they voted for Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, but in an overwhelming Democratic city. It’s worth noting that we were able to win.
In one of the two city council races, business-friendly brewery owner Sarah Nelson is leading lawyer and activist Nikkita Oliver, who created an art-based alternative to prisons for young people. bottom. Meanwhile, incumbent Teresa Mosqueda, with strong support from an organized workforce, is in her seat despite an unexpectedly strong show from lesser-known civil engineer Kenneth Wilson. Seemed to be holding.
Seattle Liberal candidates tend to gain support in later votes, but moderate slate holds a very strong lead.
This year’s election raised more than $ 10 million in political contributions, a city record.
In the mayor’s race, Gonzales vowed to end the sweeping of homeless camps when residents had little choice as to where to go, and she vowed that economic recovery would end not only downtown but the entire city. He said he should concentrate on his neighborhood.
It provided voters with the wrong choice, Scholes said: if they believed the park should be accessible to everyone, or if public drug use made them dangerous. Voters suggested ruthlessness.
“The successful candidates were those who met people where they were and weren’t ashamed of them,” he said.
Andrew Villeneuve, founder of the Northwest Progressive Institute, a liberal think tank, said he didn’t expect the city to suddenly jump to the right. But it should awaken more generous council members to the reality that they need to listen to all voters, not just activists.
“I think you’re seeing the same dynamics we had. Mayor’s progressive council do what they might boost to a slightly more business-friendly mayor. I urge you. “
DougTrumm, executive director of Seattle’s progressive website The Urbanist, called the consequences “a setback due to many causes,” including the fight against climate change and the addition of housing density.
“It’s easy to talk about clearing the camp,” he said. “It’s difficult to get people into a house.”
Contributed by Associated Press videographer Manuel Valdés.