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Sara Nelson leads in primary race for Seattle City Council Position 9

Seven candidates were on the ballot to replace outgoing Council President Lorena González for her at-large position on the council.

SEATTLE — Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver took an early lead in the primary race for Position 9 on the Seattle City Council.

Nelson leads with 40% of votes, followed closely by Oliver with 39% after the fourth round of ballot counts Friday afternoon.

Nelson, the co-owner of Fremont Brewing, ran against Mosqueda in 2017, and said she decided to run to help "get the city back on track," and wants to get the voice of a small business owner on the council. 

Attorney and civic activist Nikkita Oliver, who ran for Seattle mayor in 2017, says on their campaign website that "meeting basic needs is a baseline for community safety." The city needs affordable and social housing, equitable transportation, affordable child care, fully funded schools, and more, their website states.

Seven candidates challenged each other in Tuesday's primary election to replace outgoing Seattle City Council President Lorena González for her at-large position on the council. 

The top two primary candidates advance to the general election in November.