Law and order Republican Ann Davison wins Seattle city attorney race
Ann Davison, a Republican who vowed to bring law and order to the streets of Seattle by increasing criminal prosecution and eliminating homeless camps, defeated progressive candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy to become the first female lawyer from the city.
The Seattle Times calls the race for Davison after the updated vote count on Friday.
Updated tally released by King County Elections shows Davison leading with 53% of the vote to 47% for Thomas-Kennedy, with 238,299 votes counted. According to a Seattle Times analysis, Thomas-Kennedy would need 87% of the estimated 17,000 outstanding votes – nearly 15,000 in total – to catch up.
Davison, 53, an arbitrator with limited courtroom experience, declared herself a Republican last year while President Donald Trump was still in office, and has pledged to support law enforcement and renewing the office’s efforts to prosecute petty crimes that the administration of outgoing prosecutor Pete Holmes had backed down. This is his third consecutive candidacy.
The city attorney’s office is officially non-partisan. No woman has ever held this position since 1875.
Davison did not declare the victory in a statement released Friday night.
“As we watch the rest of the ballots arrive and reflect on the security and reform issues, I take these issues to heart,” she said in a written statement. “I will be spending time focusing on the family and their health in the coming days and I thank everyone who participated in our campaign in any way they did.”
Likewise, Thomas-Kennedy was not ready to give in.
“She’s not conceding tonight and thinks every vote should be counted,” said Will Casey, Thomas-Kennedy’s campaign spokesperson.
No run in last Tuesday’s municipal election was more susceptible to unpredictable consequences than the run for Seattle’s official lawyer, who has traditionally prosecuted minor crimes and provided legal advice and defense to the city and its employees, including the police.
They clashed because three-term holder Pete Holmes, who in recent years had reduced his office’s prosecution of petty crimes, found himself caught in the midst of a war between a progressive and a more conservative candidate and lost in the August 3 primary. .
Phone messages left with Holmes late Friday afternoon asking for comment were not returned.
Thomas-Kennedy, 46, a former public defender, finally wanted to end misdemeanor prosecutions and ridiculed the police as ‘thugs’ and worse in a series of social media posts during the protests following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 by an officer in Minneapolis. During the unrest that swept through Seattle and other cities that summer, Thomas-Kennedy tweeted about his “rabid hatred of the police” and said the destruction of property during times of protest was a ” moral imperative “.
While she had drawn support from traditionally Democratic institutions such as unions, as well as the defense bar and civil rights attorneys, she angered a trio of former Seattle police chiefs – Carmen Best, Kathleen O’Toole and Gil Kerlikowske – who warned in a Seattle Times essay that her election could lead to possible “anarchy” and lower morale among officers.
His unpopularity among many mainstream Democrats was underscored by the fact that Davison also attracted the support of two former Democratic governors, Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke, and the support of former Republican governor Dan Evans.