Why surprisingly tight race for Seattle City Attorney is ‘seat to pay attention to’

Jul 22, 2021, 5:27 AM

Seattle City Attorney...

Pete Holmes (left), Nicole Thomas-Kennedy (center), and Ann Davison (right).


Perhaps one of the biggest surprises leading into August’s primary election in Seattle involves the race for city attorney, where 12-year incumbent Pete Holmes may very well be facing a challenging path to reelection.

Race for Seattle City Attorney draws pair of last-minute challengers

According to recent polling released by the Northwest Progressive Institute, Holmes holds a slim lead over his two challengers, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and Ann Davison.

Change Research — on behalf of NPI — surveyed 617 respondents online between July 12-15, asking who they plan to vote for in August’s primary election. For those who said they were undecided, they were then asked who they would vote for “if they had to choose.”

Holmes ended up with just 16% of support, followed by Thomas-Kennedy and Davison at 14% each. Another 53% for voters remained undecided.

For Davison, she believes that in the midst of high-profile mayoral and council campaigns, that polling is indicative of just how important the city attorney race will likely end up being.

“This is the seat to pay attention to,” she told KTTH’s Jason Rantz Show.

Davison — who ran for Seattle City Council in 2019 — is running her campaign on restoring the “adversarial” relationship between the city attorney’s office and criminals.

“We have allowed a culture of crime to be welcomed in under the Holmes approach for the past 12 years,” she described. “We need to return it to centering victims — we do not need two defense attorneys before a judge.”

Primary Election ballots on the way to registered Washington voters

“We clearly want to help the accused and make sure they come back into society, but we don’t overlook the victim in the circumstance, and that’s what this role is supposed to be,” she added.

Thomas-Kennedy is campaigning on a different approach, advocating for the city to stop prosecuting most misdemeanors, while defunding SPD and focusing on “large scale harms,” including “wage left, corporate landlords, and oil companies that destroy the environment.”

And while she and Davison operate on opposite sides of the political spectrum, they both came to similar conclusions regarding the tight early polling numbers.

“Pete [Holmes] is in trouble,” Thomas-Kennedy tweeted on Monday.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show


equity director racist...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Equity director fired after racist comment about Mexicans

The state's first Office of Equity director was ousted after complaints of racist remarks and using a "White supremacy" metaphor.

1 day ago

Federal Way Walmart...

Max Gross

Gross: Federal Way resident fed up over repeated Walmart crimes

Multiple police responses have been needed at the two Walmart locations in Federal Way. One incident was reported as an aggravated assault.

1 day ago

Mark mullet governor...

Frank Sumrall

Mark Mullet: ‘I’m not conceding any Democratic votes to Ferguson’ for governor

Washington State Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th District) announced his candidacy for governor last week following Gov. Jay Inslee's 10-year run.

1 day ago

LGBT Pride...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: WA Fish and Wildlife LGBT Pride tweet saved my life

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's LGBT Pride tweet saved my life. Its leaders deserve the credit they're asking for.

2 days ago

burien encampment...

Frank Sumrall

Burien encampment cleared, but long-term solutions remain minimal

Homeless members of a Burien encampment were forced to move out as the camp became the central focus of frustration among the city's residents.

3 days ago

amazon workers walkout...

KTTH staff

Suits: Amazon employees ‘make it sound like they’re being discriminated against’

Amazon employees participated in a walkout Wednesday in response to their frustration over the company’s return-to-office mandate.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.

Why surprisingly tight race for Seattle City Attorney is ‘seat to pay attention to’