The Nov. 2 election dealt a powerful defeat for progressives in Seattle, one among America’s most progressive cities. Candidates for mayor, metropolis council and metropolis lawyer, who supported defunding the Seattle Police Department, had been simply crushed by three centrist candidates who advocated for including law enforcement officials. 

Among the winners was Ann Davison, who defeated abolitionist and Democratic candidate Nicole Thomas Kennedy for metropolis lawyer. With her win, Davison turns into the primary Republican elected in Seattle in 34 years. 

“Our rules of law need to matter so businesses can operate and they don’t have workers who feel unsafe at their workplace,” mentioned Davison. 

Kennedy Thomas, a public defender, advocated ending the prosecution of misdemeanor crimes. During the race she grew to become greatest identified for her anti-police tweets made throughout violent protests after the killing of George Floyd. She tweeted about her “rabid hatred for police” and referred to as the individuals who fired a mortar on the East Precinct and set hearth to a youth jail “heroes.”  

A "Vote Here" sign along the road in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. 

A “Vote Here” signal alongside the highway in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. 
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Homelessness was the opposite large situation. Nearly 12,000 persons are unsheltered in Seattle. The drawback has been made worse by the pandemic and, critics say, a metropolis council that did away with navigation groups charged with clearing unlawful and harmful encampments.  

Jon Scholes, president of the Downtown Seattle Association, was pleased with the election consequence, however now he needs Seattle to reverse course. 

“I think you’re going to see results on the streets, in our parks, fewer people in need,” Scholes mentioned. “You’re going to see more police officers out in the neighborhood. You’re going to want to see more small businesses open and thriving.” 

Despite the victory for legislation and order in a metropolis that has seen a spike in murders, the newly elected leaders nonetheless face vital obstacles. The metropolis council is contemplating a proposal to chop $10 million from Seattle police within the outgoing mayor’s price range. Council President Lorena Gonzalez, who was defeated by Bruce Harrell for mayor by 18 factors, simply supplied a price range modification that will remove 101 officer positions. It was defeated, however solely narrowly on a 5-4 vote.  

A thin blue line flag is waved during a rally to stop defunding of the Seattle Police Department on Aug. 9, 2020 at Seattle City Hall. 

A skinny blue line flag is waved throughout a rally to cease defunding of the Seattle Police Department on Aug. 9, 2020 at Seattle City Hall. 
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Also, Mayor-elect Harrell promised 2,000 new shelter beds in his first 12 months in workplace. Current Mayor Jenny Durkan made the same promise, saying she would create 1,000 tiny homes for the homeless in her first 12 months. She delivered simply 73, partially as a consequence of strict environmental legal guidelines. 

And if homeless folks in tents are swept out of metropolis parks or off of public sidewalks, some activists are promising giant protests. Kamau Chege, director of the Washington Community Alliance, blames company media and progressives making an attempt one thing new for the election defeat. He says he and different progressives can be watching very intently how homeless in tent encampments are handled. 

“You’re going to see working people and progressives show solidarity with them.” 

But neighborhood leaders who help extra police and prosecutions, and fewer tents, have a message for council members who need enterprise as regular. 

“I really think they’re going to think twice,” mentioned Victoria Beach, who leads the Seattle Police Department African American Community Advisory Council. “Let this be a wake up call to them that ‘you’re next when election time comes up for you.’” 

Ben Anderstone, political advisor with Progressive Strategies NW, says voters had been extra sensible than ideological. 


“This is clearly a mandate for pragmatism, not centrism,” mentioned Anderstone, “I think that the voters want to see policies that are visible changes in their community from what’s been going on.” 

A man holds a sign during rally advocating to stop defunding of the Seattle Police Department on Aug. 9, 2020 at Seattle City Hall.

A person holds an indication throughout rally advocating to cease defunding of the Seattle Police Department on Aug. 9, 2020 at Seattle City Hall.
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The subsequent large political check is only a few weeks away. On Dec. 7, voters in Seattle’s third District, which incorporates Capitol Hill – dwelling to the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest or C.H.O.P. – will vote on whether or not to recall Kshama Sawant, one of many council’s two Socialist members. If Sawant is recalled political observers appear to agree that it, coupled with the Nov. 2 results, can be a serious blow to the progressive agenda.