Earlier than vote counting started Tuesday evening, there was widespread expectation that the 2023 election would deliver a pointy shift away from the ideologues who’ve dominated Seattle’s Metropolis Council and towards a brand new, extra pragmatic set of council members. It seems to be like that is precisely what occurred.
Though the gradual strategy of counting submitted votes continues to be a great distance off, it definitely seems to be like a message has been despatched. Presently, in 5 of the council races, the extra average candidates have giant leads over their self-proclaimed progressive opponents. In a sixth race, average Cathy Moore has been declared the outright winner, whereas in a seventh, Dan Strauss, an incumbent who pulled again on his extra left-leaning impulses, is behind however shut sufficient that he would possibly retain his seat when a number of votes are lined up.
Individuals would possibly name this a proper flip, however that will be an extended stretch. All of the so known as “moderates” are liberal democrats. One in all them, Pleasure Hollingsworth, has expressed amusement that she—a black lesbian—can be thought-about the conservative candidate of her race.
However that is Seattle; a metropolis the place help for public security is caricatured as reactionary by the extra militant activists on the left. It’s excellent news that practitioners of bullhorn politics look like the massive losers in Tuesday’s vote.
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