Former Governors of Washington. Gregoire and Locke Endorse Ann Davison for Seattle District Attorney

Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire speaks before signing the Marriage Equality Act on February 13, 2012 at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington.

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Former Washington governors have endorsed Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke Ann Davison in the race Seattle The city’s attorney said, on Tuesday, that the positions defended by her opponent, Nicole Thomas Kennedy, would put the residents of Seattle at risk.

“Seattle is at a crossroads,” the two said in a joint statement. “Seattle remains a great place to live and raise a family, but it also faces some real and growing problems. Now more than ever we need pragmatic city leaders who understand the challenges our city faces and are committed to implementing realistic solutions that will put Seattle back on the right track.”

The endorsement of two former Conservative Democrats for Davison — a self-proclaimed Republican to run for a nonpartisan office in one of the country’s most liberal regions — highlights the divide between Seattle’s centrist Democrats and the left-wing factions that largely support Thomas. Kennedy.

That split was on display Tuesday night.

in a tweetChasty Conrad, chair of the King County Democrats, said Gregoire and Locke are “out of touch and playing old politics.”

“You can’t call yourself a Democrat and support a Republican for this position,” she wrote. “You also can’t see yourself as an authority on much of anything when you support a candidate who literally said he didn’t know how to do the job.”

in another place tweetThe state’s Democratic chairwoman, Tina Podlodowski, responded to the endorsement by calling Davison a “Republican Trump,” saying she was “not fit for office of any kind.”

She wrote: “At the height of Trump’s ruthlessness, she chose to express her support for and embrace his so-called ‘values.'” Do your duty, stand up for your values ​​in this election.

Thomas Kennedy, a former public advocate, is working on an abolitionist platform that would stop the prosecution of low-level crimes, which proponents say often disproportionately target low-income and communities of color. They argue that misdemeanor convictions can create barriers to housing, employment and other social services.

However, its critics say the platform – as well as its attitudes to the police – will make Seattle more dangerous. Gregoire and Locke echoed that point in their statement.

“The policy choice couldn’t be more clear in this race,” they said. “Abolishing prisons, abolishing police, and ending prosecutions for nearly all misdemeanours, including shoplifting, domestic violence, and gun crime, would make Seattle residents less safe and endanger our neighborhoods.”

Davison, the attorney who ran for deputy governor last year as a Republican, has portrayed herself as a “pragmatist.” She has tried to separate herself from Thomas Kennedy by asserting that the city attorney general’s office is nonpartisan, and “not a place to pursue an extremist agenda.” It stresses accountability — especially for repeat offenders — on its campaign website, but provides few specific policy details.

The two candidates are vying for the position of the current city attorney general, Pete Holmes, who has held the position for three terms out of the race during the primaries in August. Thomas Kennedy came first in that election, receiving 36% of the vote. Davis won 33%.

This year’s general elections will be held on November 2.

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