Ultra-liberal Seattle heads to polls for mayoral primary with 'defund police' push under scrutiny

Primaries in Washington’s largest city are nonpartisan, and the two candidates who receive the most votes Tuesday will face off during the general election in November. The contest, happening more than a year after demonstrators seized a police precinct abandoned by officers last summer, highlights a political divide between activist-left voters and more moderate progressives.

在六月 2020, protesters erected makeshift barricades around a six block radius in the Capitol Hill district, declaring no police were welcome in the space first dubbed the CHOP, 要么 “Capitol Hill Organized Protest.It was later rebranded by participants as the CHAZ, 或者 “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

Despite being formed under the guise of racial equity, crime permeated the autonomous zone, and residents who called 911 were reportedly told police wasn’t coming. More than three weeks would pass until several shootings in the zone, including one that killed a 19-year-old Black man, prompting Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to order city crews to dismantle barriers and disperse lingering protesters.

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一年后, many residents are frustrated, with large swaths saying the city is on the wrong track. Six years after the city first declared homelessness an emergency, Seattle remains mired in a humanitarian crisis, with tent encampments and open air drug use a feature of many neighborhoods.