Some Seattle citizens haven’t been happy with Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Given the recent uprisings in the city, it’s not surprising that certain residents take issue with their leaders.
In the wake of the George Floyd protests and the now-infamous CHOP zone, Seattle is still reeling from months of unrest.
Now, Seattle citizens want Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan to accept some of the blame. In fact, they want her to be punished for her recent handling of city police.
And a Superior Court Judge just allowed their petition to move forward.
A King County, Washington, Superior Court Judge has approved a petition for a recall election for Democrat Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
This doesn’t mean the Mayor will be removed; it simply means petitioners now have the right to accept signatures.
If they can gather 50,000 signatures, they can hold an election. That’s when Durkan’s fate will be determined — and many citizens are hoping she gets recalled.
Particularly, petitioners are railing against a specific failing of the Mayor’s:
They accuse Durkan of “endangering the peace and safety of the community” by letting the police “leak false information about fabricated crimes and threats to the media.”
They further accuse Durkan of restricting property rights in the Capitol Hill protest area.
All told, petitioners filed seven charges against the current Mayor, though only one charge was applicable to support the recall election:
And that was the apparent use of tear gas and “other chemical agents” during the rioting.
The bottom line is that Seattle residents want to hold one of their leaders accountable. And if they can get Mayor Durkan recalled, they’ll consider it a victory.
Fittingly, this recall effort is called the “Fire the Mayor” campaign.
We’ll have to wait and see if they get those 50,000 signatures…
- A Superior Court judge has greenlit a petition to recall Mayor Jenny Durkan.
- Petitioners hit Durkan with seven charges, including “endangering the peace and safety of the community.”
- If they can gather 50,000 signatures, they can move on to a recall election.