Steve Fortney
Steve Fortney

Queen Anne resident Steve Fortney, a former Department of Justice lawyer, current lawyer at Microsoft and progressive Democrat, announced last week that he is running for Seattle city attorney, against incumbent Pete Holmes.

“More than 15 years ago, Seattle committed to end homelessness in 10 years. It’s even worse today than it was then, despite us spending three times the amount of money that we used to,” Fortney said in a press release. “Violent crime has reached a level not seen in almost 30 years, yet our elected officials say and do nothing, as if it’s not happening. And, we heard the painful cries for reform in how we police our streets and neighborhoods, yet our leaders have no answers other than the dangerous promise to cut funding by 50 percent, only to flip-flop on that point once election season came calling.

“That’s an indictment on every single incumbent, including Pete Holmes,” Fortney added.

“Holmes treats these public safety issues like Donald Trump treated the coronavirus, hoping that they would just go away. That’s not what a great city does. We act like adults, we tackle big problems and make progress.”

After graduating from Newport High School, the University of Washington, Johns Hopkins and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Fortney began his legal career at the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and served as a law clerk to Judge James Robart for the Western District of Washington. During Fortney’s time as a law clerk, Robart heard the case for the consent decree between the Department of Justice and the Seattle Police Department.