Now, after endorsing Holmes in the primary election, we heard from people in law and government, some of them highly placed, about Holmes's time from 2003 to 2008 as chairman of Seattle's new police review board. They say he was divisive, that he jumped to conclusions, that he dug in his heels and made high drama from small things.
Running a new police review board with serious intent is bound to rub some people the wrong way.
Holmes does bring the risks of the unknown. But Seattle voters have decided to embrace the risk of an untested mayor. They will also have a new police chief. It's an opportune time to hire themselves a new city attorney -- one who promises to work for them.