If the advocates of pro-policing and anti-street disorder efforts in Seattle like Speak out Seattle, Safe Seattle, and People for Seattle really are sweeping in a wave of change in the city, this is what it looks like in District 3.
CHS started the week showing you Election Night heat maps for the top two candidates moving through to November’s General Election in D3.
Here is the Election Night map for the person who cam in third and will not advance — Pat Murakami.
Supported by an endorsement from Speak Out Seattle, a pro-policing and public safety group which has opposed the head tax and safe-consumption sites, Murakami outpaced many expectations and should finish with around 13% of the vote but falling well short of Egan Orion and Kshama Sawant.
The map shows Murakami’s election night results, representing a count of about 60% of ballots. Although we’ll still have to wait until King County certifies and releases precinct-level data later this week for the final totals, the mapping trends will likely continue — and, should be of interest to Orion’s campaign.
Like Orion, Murakami did well in Madison Park, where she received 33% of the votes and outperformed Orion in half of the precincts covering the area.
Maybe the endorsement and Photoshop-fabricated mailers from the Moms for Seattle Political Action Committee, which was launched by wealthy homeowners (and, as The Stranger and others reported, consultants) in June with a $6,605.68 party at the Seattle Tennis Club in Madison Park, helped?
Murakami also did well in North District 3, particularly in the Montlake/Portage Bay area; as well as a sliver of North Capitol Hill precincts near I-5, where a group of North Capitol Hill homeowners called CHARM (Capitol Hill Against Rezoning Misuse) mounted a last-ditch effort against MHA upzoning in Eastlake. The group circulated a Valpak flyer warning about “loss of public view and decreased property values” that seemed to endorse Murakami.
South of Broadmoor and North D3, however, the picture looks different.
Despite stapling an ungodly number of campaign signs to utility poles on major arterials in the Central Area (and elsewhere), Murakami struggled there.
And while CHS touted Murakami’s “community ties, especially in south Seattle” as her biggest strength ahead of the election, in her home turf area below I-90, Murakami was easily bested by Sawant.
As for the Speak out Seattle-type efforts, the wave doesn’t seem to have played a major role for Murakami, at least. The “anybody but Sawant” vote geographic breakdown from 2015 will look pretty familiar. It is a near exact mirror of the divide we see playing out again in 2019.
HELP CHS COVER THE COVID-19 CRISIS -- SUBSCRIBE TODAY: Support local journalism dedicated to your neighborhood. SUBSCRIBE HERE. Join to become a subscriber at $1/$5/$10 a month to help CHS provide community news with NO PAYWALL. You can also sign up for a one-time annual payment.