Seattle held a primary election for the seven district seats on its nine-member city council Tuesday. Seattle uses a vote-by-mail process; due to the delay between ballots being mailed by voters and received by election officials, races have not yet been called. King County Elections is scheduled to count ballots each day until the primary results are certified on August 20, 2019.
Once results are finalized, the top two finishers in each race will head to a November 5 general election. Four of the races are open, while three incumbents are seeking re-election.
The following were preliminary results as of 6am PDT Wednesday for races with incumbents:
- In District 1, incumbent Lisa Herbold led her two opponents with 48 percent of the vote. Phil Tavel was second with 34 percent.
- In District 3, incumbent Kshama Sawant led with 33 percent of the vote, and Egan Orion had 24 percent; the nearest challenger of the four others was Pat Murakami with 14 percent.
- In District 5, incumbent Debora Juarez led with 43 percent and Ann Davison Sattler had 28 percent. In third was John Lombard with 14 percent. A total of six candidates are running.
Preliminary results for the four open races were as follows:
- In District 2, Tammy Morales led with 44 percent and Mark Solomon was second with 24 percent in the seven-candidate field.
- In District 4, Alex Pedersen led with 46 percent, and Shaun Scott was second with 20 percent. Ten candidates are running in District 4.
- In District 6, Dan Strauss and Heidi Wills led with 31 percent and 23 percent, respectively, in the 14-candidate field.
- In District 7, Andrew Lewis led with 29 percent and Jim Pugel was second with 27 percent. Ten candidates are running.
On Tuesday, King County Elections reported having received 138,171 ballots from Seattle voters, accounting for 29 percent of active registered voters in the city. Results as shown above are based on 106,668 counted ballots.
Ballotpedia will update our Seattle City Council election coverage as more results become available.