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Voters elect Charles L. Smith as mayor of the City of Seattle on March 6, 1934.
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On March 6, 1934, voters elect Charles L. Smith as mayor of the City of Seattle. He will be defeated in the 1936 primary after alienating labor, business, and reform forces.
Pursuant to the Freeholders' Charter of 1890, the mayor's term of office was two years. Elections were held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March. The vote counts were as follows:
- Charles L. Smith - 62,185
- John F. Dore - 46,469
Charles Smith would be undermined by his handling of the tumultuous Waterfront Strike of 1934 and loss of support from anti-corruption reformers in the Clean Government League. He was edged out by a mere 134 votes in the 1936 primary by Dore (1881-1938), who went on to defeat Arthur Langlie in the general.
Richard C. Berner, Seattle 1921-1940, From Boom to Bust; Seattle in the 20th Century, Vol. 2 (Seattle: Charles Press, 1992) p. 349-355; Seattle City Clerk, "Mayors of the City of Seattle," (www.ci.seattle.wa.us/seattle/leg/clerk/mayors.htm).
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