In an unprecedented move, two opponents endorse each other during an election
District “C” Councilmember Kristin Palmer and District “D” Councilmember Jared Brossett announced that they are taking the unprecedented step of endorsing each other for the Council At-Large before the November 13th Primary. Palmer and Brossett are running against each other in a four-way race for the Division 2 Council At-Large seat that includes former State Senator JP Morrell. Typically opponents in the same race do not endorse the other until after one loses.
Why would they do this?
The opponents see an opportunity to move voters away from their primary opponent JP Morrell. Polling shows Morrell making the runoff with either of them. For Palmer this is a political calculation. In addition to politics, the personal dispute between Brossett and Morrell just got revved up significantly.
Brossett and Palmer have worked together on the Council on multiple issues, including the $15 an hour minimum wage for city employees. They worked on the growing Airbnb problem. But this unforeseen action is not only shocking but politically risky for each of them.
We will see how or if this unprecedented move affects the primary.