The August 3rd primary election narrowed the candidates running for key races to decide Seattle’s next mayor, two at-large city council races, the city attorney, and the King County Executive along with the school board member representing Magnolia.
King County had 1.4 million registered voters for the primary election, representing a 34.37 percent turnout. King County elections is projecting turnout for the general election to be over 80% and has challenged King County voters to a 90% turnout for the November 2nd general election.
Several of the key races are extremely tight. The two leading candidates for mayor, city council position 9, and city attorney are basically in dead heats going into the general election slated for November 2nd.
In the mayor’s race, Bruce Harrell and Lorena Gonzalez are neck and neck based on the primary election results: Harrell received 34% of the vote; Gonzalez received 32% of the vote. In the city council position 9 race, Nikkita Oliver and Sara Nelson are tied going into the general election, with each receiving 40% of the primary vote. The city attorney race is equally close: Nicole Thomas-Kennedy received 36% of the primary vote and Ann Davison received 33% of the vote.
The races for city council position 8 and King County Executive are less competitive. Incumbent Teresa Mosqueda received 60% of the vote and Kenneth Wilson received 16% of the vote. In the race for King County Executive, incumbent Dow Constantine received 52% of the vote and Joe Nguyen received 33% of the vote.
Today, the Seattle Times released a helpful side-by-side comparison of Bruce Harrell’s and Lorena Gonzalez’s positions on key issues impacting the residents of Seattle, including public safety, housing, taxes, legal system, homelessness, broadband, climate, transportation, economy, wealth gap, and childcare.
Stay tuned for further updates as the election season heats up. In the meantime, please remember that all eligible voters can register and update their registration online through October 26. Make sure you are registered under your current address. Following October 26, voters will need to register in person or make changes to their registration.
There will be Vote Centers open to serve voters during the voting period, including locations at Elections headquarters. The nearest center to Magnolia is located at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Ballots will be mailed to voters on October 14. Most voters will receive their ballots by Monday, October 19. Those who have not received their ballot by October 19 should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683) or can access and print their ballot online and then return by mail or drop box.
All voters are encouraged to return their ballot as early as possible, whether utilizing the mail or one of the more than 70 secure ballot drop box locations around the county, including Magnolia in the parking lot of Magnolia Park, due south of West Howe St. and accessed off of Magnolia Boulevard. Ballots must be postmarked or deposited in a drop box by 8 p.m. sharp on Election Day, November 2nd.
Voters can find more information and be ready to vote in October by visiting the King County Elections blog, Election Connection.