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Former Seattle council candidate switching parties, running for lieutenant governor

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Ann Davison Sattler is activist, teacher, and attorney who recently ran for Seattle City Council as a Democrat, where she realized that the party may not be for her. She’s now a Republican running for lieutenant governor and joined the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH to discuss why she made the switch.

“It was a really hard decision, but I ran in a non-partisan race, and I did that because I had already felt like I was becoming out of pace in my hometown that I lived in for 23 years,” she said. “But when the hit piece came out about me from the incumbent surrogate about calling me a Republican and making it be like it was an insult, I thought, ‘What if I were? It’s ridiculous that’s actually used as ammunition against someone who’s really a concerned mom and wants more adequate responses to the problems on the ground that that my family’s talking about, which means all the other families were talking about as well.”

“It really drove me to really look back as someone who’s an outsider politically and why I was not welcome to have the conversations that I wanted to have in the party that I had mainly affiliated with my adult life.”

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Sattler says she concerned with tax dollars being wasted and measurable outcomes not being developed, especially with issues like homelessness, all factors which seemed to alienate her from the local Democratic party. Playing devil’s advocate, Jason asked Sattler if those who criticized her would argue that she was just pretending to be Democrat and was a Republican the whole time, with this switch potentially suggesting that.

But Sattler says she hasn’t changed, and simply become alienated from her party.

“I think that’s kind of an easy answer and just believing the lies, which were set out to try to tarnish my emerging public image with, ‘Oh let’s taint her to national issues and everyone in Seattle will hate her. And that was the purpose of it,” Sattler said.

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“That’s what the regular people in politics don’t want anymore. I’m not changing my position, I’m not changing who I am, I’m exactly the same. I’m just saying fine, if that aligns me with a party that was saying, ‘You’re welcome to be here and participate in the conversation, then that’s where I’ll go.”

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