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Hamdi Mohamed, Toshiko Hasegawa win tight races for Port of Seattle Commission

Hamdi Mohamed and Toshiko Hasegawa could become the first women of color to serve on the board.

SEATTLE — Two candidates who began running for separate Port of Seattle Commission positions are now friends. They're both also winners after upsetting the incumbents. 

KING 5 called the races on Friday for Port of Seattle Commissioner 3 and 4. 

Toshiko Hasegawa has won the vote to serve as Commissioner 4 with 54 percent of the vote over incumbent Peter Steinbrueck. 

Hamdi Mohamed was elected over Commission veteran Stephanie Bowman. As of Nov. 5, Mohamed had 53 percent of the vote to Bowman's 47percent.

Hasegawa and Mohamed were considered underdogs when they entered the race. They are now the first women of color to serve on the board.

The races for port commissioner don't usually attract much attention. But the Port of Seattle isn't just about ships. It's also about Sea-Tac Airport, the eighth busiest in the country. And Fishermen's Terminal, home to the fleet that fishes the Bering Sea; along with Shilshole Marina.

There are more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs connected to the Port of Seattle. 

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