How Seat­tle vot­ers ditched far-left local offi­cials

Seat­tle’s lib­er­al city coun­cil shift­ed toward the polit­i­cal cen­ter as vot­ers opt­ed to elect most­ly new can­di­dates after crime, home­less­ness, and drug use surged in the city.
Crime is up in one of the coun­try’s bluest cities, and local 2023 elec­tions indi­cat­ed vot­ers may be fed up with Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­er­ship. The Seat­tle Police Depart­ment released data show­ing there have been 53 homi­cides in 2023, already high­er than last year. The home­less pop­u­la­tion in Seat­tle and King Coun­ty rose around 12% from 2020 to 2022, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Urban Devel­op­men­t’s year­ly home­less­ness assess­ment.
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While offi­cial results have not been post­ed from last Tues­day’s elec­tion, four new­com­ers, …