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The Downtown Seattle Association sent a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council asking them to clean up the downtown core after several recent attacks.

The letter was signed by 41 community leaders and comes less than a week before the Mayoral primary election.

Downtown businesses want more police officers on foot and bikes in the downtown core.

They are, troubled by numerous violent incidents that have occurred over the past several weeks.

The letter also noted that the number of police downtown is lower than it was 10 years ago.

Mayor McGinn has budget for dozens more officers but says it takes time to get them on the street.

By next summer our goals is to have 30 more officers...city wide, McGinn stated. The hiring is underway...our department is moving as fast as it can.

While the downtown association said politics didn't play a part in the timing of their critical letter, this letter could affect the election slated for next week.

Mayor McGinn won't comment on whether he thought it was political.

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