I have never been to Seattle, but it appears they have a very concerned and active electorate. The incumbent Mayor who spent $500,000 on his re-election bid lost in the primary to two political newcomers, an activist attorney and a mobile phone businessman.
One of the issues was that a snowstorm hadn't been handled adequately. Here in Boston we have multiple elected officials under Federal indictment due to liquor licenses given out in backroom deals, a Mayor who controls all development in the City who takes campaign contributions from the developers he approves, and we have a terrible school system and yet he remains popular?
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