Defund the police candidates stumble in liberal Seattle

Seattle’s downtown business community celebrated Wednesday after the moderate candidates it backed took commanding leads in the races for mayor, city attorney and a key council race over liberals who had called to defund the police.

“This election was a choice: Do you want more performative dysfunction, or candidates who are going to unify people and deliver results,” said Jon Scholes, president of the Downtown Seattle Association.

Tuesday’s election was vastly different from city contests two years ago, when business-backed candidates fared poorly against liberals who argued that huge companies like Amazon had too much sway in the Northwest’s largest city.

It could be days before final margins are known, due to Washington state’s all-mail ballot system. But the strong showing by candidates who objected to the push to radically alter policing buoyed people who felt a different approach to public safety and homelessness was needed.

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