Seattle council candidate Ann Davison Sattler pushes for balance in city politics
Another Seattle City Council candidate has thrown their hat into the ring. Neighborhood activist Ann Davison Sattler joined KTTH’s Saul Spady Show on Friday to chat about her agenda, the city’s divisive politics, and more.
Sattler will run against incumbent Debora Juarez in District 5, encompassing Seattle’s northernmost neighborhoods. Sattler cites the growing homelessness crisis as Seattle’s greatest obstacle to overcome.
“The main reason I’m running is because of the state of the streets,” she told Spady. “Literally, what is happening on the streets with the people, the amount of trash, and the environmental issues there, and lack of prosecution of what’s happening.”
For the latter of those priorities, Sattler spoke of city prosecutors unwilling to take on repeat offenders on the streets.
“We are living in a place where it’s become not kosher to follow the law,” she said. “What everyone’s talking about is decriminalizing crime — it’s affecting all of us on a real level.”
Sattler previously worked as a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., providing aid to constituents regarding military service, medicare, and social security.
She hopes to take that political experience and bring it to the Seattle City Council, to provide strategies that work, rather than ones that fit with a specific ideology.
“This imbalance of only one way of doing things in Seattle is so palpable. I am not extreme either way, and I feel out of place — there’s no one else talking about any other types of solutions,” she noted.
“I don’t really care where the solutions are coming from, I just want solutions that will work on the streets today, and fast,” she added.
Sattler’s opponent, Debora Juarez, was elected to her first term in 2016, and joins six other current council members up for reelection in 2019. Juarez and Kshama Sawant are the only two who have officially announced reelection campaigns, although both Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien are expected to run as well.
Sally Bagshaw, Rob Johnson, and Council President Bruce Harrell have all expressed that they will not be seeking reelection.