Seattle May Be Progressive, But Its Voters Weren't This Election

Seattle likes to think of itself as a progressive town, but the 2021 election was a chance to prove it. With the city’s top job and three other prominent races on the ballot just a year after a social reckoning, voters could signal their lefty virtues with ballot bubbles instead of yard signs and hashtags.

But to reckon with something does not necessarily mean to change it. Defunding the police, a rallying cry throughout the summer of 2020, apparently didn’t resonate with enough of the electorate. On that cause and others, a return to a less turbulent Jet City is what most voters indicated they really wanted this election season.

While some of the races

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