What M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell Said in First TV Debate

Seattle’s mayoral candidates weren’t supposed to spar over public safety until October 28, but M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell couldn’t help themselves last Thursday. During this election season’s first televised debate, the former city council colleagues tried to delineate their positions on defunding the Seattle Police Department between comments on homelessness, Amazon, and zoning, among other topics. Here are some excerpts from those conversations.

Opening Remarks

Harrell: I’ve been talking to people in coffee shops and grocery stores and neighborhoods, working with small businesses. They are starving for effective leadership, sort of a no-nonsense approach. They want the homelessness issue addressed with a sense of urgency. They want people

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