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July 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb considering a run against Kshama Sawant

Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the ACLU of Washington and prime mover behind our state’s legal weed law, said she is “considering very seriously” running for Seattle City Council against incumbent Kshama Sawant.

Holcomb has flirted with the idea of working in City Hall before, talking last year about a possible run for mayor or council.

She said Wednesday she’s conferred with a lot of people about challenging Sawant, a socialist who’s attracted national media, next year.

Holcomb said she wouldn’t run for a citywide Council at-large seat, but is looking at taking on Sawant for the District 3 seat, which includes her home on Capitol Hill as well as the Central District, Montlake and more.

Holcomb, 46, said she had no firm deadline for a decision.

Holcomb’s musing was reported first Wednesday morning by Seattle Weekly.

The chief author of Initiative 502, which legalized pot in Washington, Holcomb said she isn’t tired of pot policy. “Not at all. I’m excited to see others taking the baton and running with it,” she said.

As for challenging Sawant — another left-leaning woman — Holcomb said the incumbent’s focus seems national, as much as local. Holcomb said her top priorities are public safety, education and small business.

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