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Top election races: Harrell elected mayor of Seattle, Woodards re-elected mayor of Tacoma

Here are the top races we're tracking in the Washington state general election, including Seattle and Tacoma mayors, and King County executive.

Results are coming in from Washington's 2021 general election. 

Counties will release additional results in the days after the election as more ballots are counted. Additional results are typically released daily.

Election results are certified by each county on Nov. 23. The secretary of state will certify results by Dec. 2.

Complete election results are posted at king5.com/elections.

Seattle mayor

Bruce Harrell was elected to be the next mayor of Seattle over his opponent Lorena Gonzalez on Nov. 2 after the first wave of ballots were counted.

Harrell replaces Mayor Jenny Durkan, who chose not to seek re-election, and serve a four-year term. The mayor of Seattle is responsible for ensuring the laws of the city are enforced while directing and controlling city government.

RELATED: Bruce Harrell leads general election race for Seattle mayor

Tacoma mayor

Incumbent Victoria Woodards was re-elected mayor of Tacoma after leading challenger Steve Haverly following an initial ballot count Nov. 2.

In her re-election campaign, Woodards made a promise of re-building the community post-pandemic, offering safety and what she calls “fiscal prudence. 

RELATED: Incumbent Victoria Woodards leads in race for Tacoma mayor with 58% of the vote

Everett mayor

Incumbent Cassie Franklin was re-elected mayor of Everett Tuesday over challenger Steve Oss' 26% following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

Franklin has been mayor of Everett since 2018. She says she is focused on community safety, addressing homelessness, addiction, mental illness and crime. Franklin said she will continue to work to create jobs and increase community investments in the city if re-elected. 

RELATED: Incumbent Cassie Franklin has strong lead over challenger Steve Oss for Everett mayor

King County Executive

Incumbent Dow Constantine was re-elected as King County executive over his opponent Joe Nguyen following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

Constantine will serve his fourth term as executive.

RELATED: Constantine leads Nguyen for King County executive after initial results

King County Council races

In the District 1 race, Rob Dembowski was re-elected over challenger Sally Caverzan following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

In the District 3 race, challenger Sarah Perry was elected with 55% of the vote following a Thursday afternoon ballot drop. Incumbent Kathy Lambert received 45% of the vote.

For District 5, Incumbent Dave Upthegrove was re-elected over challenger Shukri Olow following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

In District 7, Incumbent Pete von Reichbauer was re-elected over challenger Dominique Torgerson following an initial ballot count Nov. 2.  

For District 9, Reagan Dunn was re-elected over challenger Kim-Khanh Van following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

RELATED: Perry leads Lambert for King County Council District 3 after initial results

Seattle City Council position 8

Teresa Mosqueda was re-elected to Seattle City Council position 8 over challenger Kenneth Wilson after an updated ballot count was released Thursday evening. 

Mosqueda, the incumbent, has captured 56% of the vote so far. Her challenger, Wilson, has garnered 44% of the vote.

Mosqueda has served in position 8, which is a city-wide seat, for one term since 2018. 

Wilson is a civil engineer and small business owner who says he feels the council is going in the wrong direction.

RELATED: Mosqueda leads Wilson for Seattle Council position 8 after initial returns

Seattle City Council position 9 

Sara Nelson was elected to Seattle City Council position 9 following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

Position 9, which is a city-wide seat, is open after Council President Lorena González decided to run for mayor.

RELATED: Nelson leads Oliver for Seattle City Council Position 9 after initial returns

Seattle city attorney

Ann Davison was elected Seattle city attorney over Nicole Thomas-Kennedy following an initial ballot count Nov. 2. 

Davison believes the City Attorney's Office is not for setting policy or a "place for radical agenda." It is a place to provide impartial advice to those elected to create policy and to maintain laws so there is public safety.

Nicole Thomas-Kennedy has been a public defender and is a self-described abolitionist who wants to reimagine the City Attorney’s Office and how it prosecutes offenders.

RELATED: Ann Davison leads Nicole Thomas-Kennedy in bid for Seattle city attorney

Advisory vote on state's capital gains tax

Washington voters are rejecting the state's new capital gains tax with 63% of the votes counted so far against it and 37% approving.

It imposes a 7% tax on the sale of stocks, bonds and other high-end assets in excess of $250,000 for both individuals and couples.

The advisory vote is meant to gauge public opinion.

The Washington state Legislature imposed the tax, without voter approval, earlier this year. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the tax into law in May 2021.

RELATED: Advisory vote on Washington's capital gains tax failing in initial returns