Seattle voters say, ‘That’s sufficient!’

Poor Alex Pedersen and Deborah Juarez. Because the lonely voices of widespread sense on the Seattle Metropolis Council, they get lumped into the overall disdain for this city’s legislative physique and don’t deserve it.

The nice news for Pedersen and Juarez is that they may quickly have an ally in rationality. Tuesday’s municipal election lifted Sara Nelson to the seat being vacated by council president M. Lorena González. Nelson gained in a landslide over her activist opponent at the same time as González got trounced in her bid to become mayor in a significant repudiation of the ultra-progressive crew that dominates the council.

The speedy query now could be: Will the Metropolis Council majority hearken to the sturdy message voters despatched? An early indicator might come as early as Monday, when they could take one other stab at whittling away the police division price range at a second when the vast majority of Seattle’s residents have expressed clear disapproval of the council’s antics which have pushed greater than 250 cops to give up, together with Police Chief Carmen Finest, who’s now reportedly in competition to turn out to be police commissioner in New York Metropolis.

Mayor Jenny Durkan is so satisfied that the depletion within the variety of police is a significant disaster that she has issued an emergency order to supply hiring bonuses of as much as $25,000 to draw new cops. In the meantime, the Metropolis Council majority continues to behave as in the event that they’d be pleased if all of the cops left city.

Possibly in one other two years voters will ship them packing as a substitute.

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