Pro-Police Candidates Lead Anti-Police Candidates in Seattle Races

In several key races in the heavily-Democratic city of Seattle, Washington, candidates who support the police department are currently ahead of the candidates who supported abolishing it, Fox News reports.

In the race for mayor, former City Council President Bruce Harrell is currently about 30 points ahead of the current president Lorena Gonzalez. Both are Democrats who advanced to the runoff election due to the city’s jungle-primary system that focuses on the top two vote-getters rather than parties.

Harrell described himself as “not a status quo politician,” and said that the voters of Seattle “want the homeless issue addressed with a sense of urgency,” as well as “effective policing.” Meanwhile, Gonzalez openly supported the “defund the police” movement, and vowed to cut the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) budget by as much as 50 percent.

The race for city attorney currently sees Republican Ann Davison ahead of Democrat Nicole Thomas-Kennedy. Davison also voiced her support for the police, while Kennedy described herself as an “abolitionist” who would get rid of both the police department and the city’s prison system. City Council candidate Sara Nelson, who also opposed defunding the police, currently leads her rival Nikkita Oliver by 20 points; Oliver, like Gonzalez, supported a 50 percent reduction in the SPD’s budget.

The sweep by pro-police candidates comes over one year after the city’s downtown infamously descended into chaos during the summer of race riots. In the midst of violent protests by far-left domestic terrorist groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, anarcho-communists took over a roughly six-block portion of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle and declared it to be an “autonomous” zone that would govern itself independently of the city government. It came to be known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ.

CHAZ became ground zero for the anti-police movement, with its advocates claiming that its existence would prove that a police force wasn’t necessary. But the zone quickly became a hive of homelessness, drugs, sexual crimes, and other violent crimes against anyone who dared to enter. Mayor Jenny Durkan (D-Wash.) initially allowed it to last for almost a month due to her support for the zone’s far-left politics; however, after five different shootings took place within the zone that left two people dead and four people injured, the city government finally cleared out the zone and restored order.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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