Lesson from New York City’s mayoral primary: Running on improving public safety in a blue city can win
July 8, 2021
Eric Adams’s win in the New York City primary election is inspiring to those of us in Seattle who want to see our own candidates for office and elected officials share detailed plans for increasing public safety and common sense governance.
Adams’s position on police reforms is both pragmatic and yet bold. On his website, he states that “the debate around policing has been reduced to a false choice: You are either with police, or you are against them. That is simply wrong because we are all for safety. We need the NYPD — we just need them to be better.”
The same could be said of probably most big-city police departments and yet the current culture of police bashing in Seattle with city council leading the chorus has led to a mass exodus of officers.
To state the obvious, Seattle and New York City are very different culturally and demographically. The public safety challenges, however, are very real in both cities.
In Seattle, we are experiencing a spike in “unprecedented” gun violence, people in downtown Seattle fear for their own safety and residents are unable to use some local parks out of fear for both their health and safety. This all illustrates the need for people to demand specific plans from our own elected officials on how they will turn things around and for candidates and those currently serving to take a page from the winning Eric Adams campaign playbook and show that public safety is a top priority.