Top candidates emerge in 2017 primary election

KING 5 Political Reporter Natalie Brand reports.

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This breaks down the initial results of the August primary as KING 5 continues tracking what's to come.

There are 192 races across 18 counties in Washington state, including several high-profile races locally, such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett mayors, Seattle City Council, and Proposition 1, the King County arts tax.

Related: Full election results

After initial returns were released on Tuesday, additional results will be released daily by county at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Seattle mayor's race

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and urban planner Cary Moon will face off for Seattle mayor in the November general election.

Durkan continued to hold a wide lead after new returns were released Monday afternoon, but didn't pick up as many votes in the later returns. The front runner now sits with just over 28 percent of the vote, or 51,073 votes total with around 99 percent of the vote counted.

Moon comfortably held onto her second place spot (32,001 votes; 17.6 percent).

Nikkita Oliver narrowed the gap slightly over Friday (30,337 votes; 16.68 percent); a margin of 1,664 votes now separate Moon and Oliver. It's highly unlikely she would be able to catch up with so few ballots left to be counted.

Durkan joined KING 5 to talk about the race: 

 

 

Related: Durkan, Moon lead Seattle mayoral race

Only the top two finishers make it through to the November ballot.

Oliver joined KING 5, following the election: 

Rounding out the top six candidates, former State Rep. Jessyn Farrell has 22,828 votes (12.55 percent), State Sen. Bob Hasegawa has 15,326 votes (8.43 percent), and former mayor Mike McGinn has 11,856 votes (6.52 percent).

Tacoma mayor's race

Tacoma architect Jim Merritt and Councilmember Victoria Woodards still led the Tacoma mayoral race after a third round of returns were released on Thursday.

Early results show Merritt leading with 39 percent, followed by Woodards with 37 percent, and Washington Public Disclosure Commission Evelyn Lopez with 24 percent.

It’s a three-way race, where incumbent Marilyn Strickland is term limited. Merritt also ran for mayor in 2009.

"It's overwhelming. It's very exciting," said Merritt, "I have a great team."

While the candidates have their differences, both agree creating jobs in Tacoma would be their top priority as mayor.

Environmental issues have also become a central theme in this race, in large part due to a proposal to build a liquid natural gas plant on the Tacoma waterfront.

Everett mayor's race

Three candidates are deadlocked in a tight race for Everett mayor after a third round of ballot returns were released on Thursday.

Trailing in second place after initial returns on Tuesday, Everett City Councilmember Cassie Franklin pulled ahead by a slim margin (4,167 votes; 32 percent). Fellow councilmember Judy Tuohy (3,892 votes; 30 percent) and Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan (3,825 votes; 29 percent) followed.

Franklin and Sullivan are separated by just 342 votes.

Everett’s longest-serving mayor, Ray Stephanson, announced he would not seek re-election earlier this year. He has been in office since 2003.

Seattle City Council

Labor leader Teresa Mosqueda and housing activist Jon Grant each staked a large lead in the race for Seattle City Council position 8 after a round of ballot returns were released on Monday.

Mosqueda led with 32 percent, and Grant earned 27 percent.

Fremont Brewing Owner Sara Nelson (22 percent) conceded on Thursday after Grant significantly widened his lead for the second spot, sitting about 3,500 votes ahead of Nelson.

Related: Gonzalez takes big lead for Council position 9; Mosqueda, Grant lead position 8

Considered one of the most moderate members on council, Burgess announced in December he would not seek a fourth term for position 8.

Incumbent M. Lorena Gonzalez swept position 9 with 64 percent of the vote, followed by Pat Murakami (19 percent).

King County Proposition 1

Initial returns show voters rejecting Proposition 1, which would initiate a sales tax for cultural access programs.

A round of results released on Monday had the measure failing at 51 percent.

The measure would increase sales tax in the county by one-tenth of a percent starting in January 2018. It's projected to raise more than $67 million over seven years. 

The generated revenue would fund cultural organizations for community-based, regional, and public school access programs to enhance and expand arts, science, and heritage programming, according to King County's website

More election coverage:

Dhingra, Englund battle for east King County legislative seat

Fortunato, Rylands fight for 31st district seat

 

 

 

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