• Incumbent Kshama Sawant overtakes Egan Orion in Seattle City Council race

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    UPDATE, NOV. 8 (8:17 p.m.): Kshama Sawant extended her lead over challenger Egan Orion Friday night in her race for another Seattle City Council term.

    She had 51.57 percent of the vote to his 47.95.

    Sawant trailed by 8.4 percent on election night and trailed by 8 points on Wednesday. She narrowed the gap on Thursday, and the late-ballot update released shortly before 4 p.m. Friday put her ahead of Orion with 50.45 percent of the vote.

    The next ballot update was expected Tuesday, November 12. 

    UPDATE, NOV. 8: Kshama Sawant pulled ahead of challenger Egan Orion Friday in her race for another Seattle City Council term. She had 50.45 percent of the vote to his 49.09. Another ballot update was expected at 8 p.m. Friday.

    Sawant trailed by 8.4 percent on election night and trailed by 8 points on Wednesday. She narrowed the gap on Thursday, and the late-ballot update released shortly before 4 p.m. Friday put her ahead of Orion. 

    Neither Sawant nor Orion were expected to speak to reporters Friday.

    The comeback was similar to her first election against incumbent Richard Conlin. She was trailing for days, but rallied with late ballot returns to win her first term. She first took office on Jan. 1, 2014.

    In District 7, which covers Magnolia and Queen Anne, Andrew Lewis extended his lead over former interim Seattle police chief Jim Pugel. Both were trying for the seat vacated by Sally Bagshaw. Pugel had a narrow lead on election night, but late ballot returns continued to favor Lewis, who first surpassed Pugel by a few hundred votes on Thursday.

    UPDATE, Nov. 7: Six of the seven candidates who were leading Wednesday afternoon continued to lead after the 4 p.m. Thursday vote update. 

    Former Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel now trails Andrew J. Lewis in District 7 by 365 votes. Pugel lead Lewis by 20 votes after the Wednesday vote update. 

    Kshama Sawant now trails Egan Orion by 2.46% (739 votes). Orion lead Sawant by 8.44% after the Wednesday vote update.

    UPDATE, Nov. 6: The same candidates who were leading Tuesday night continued to lead after the 4 p.m. Wednesday vote update.

    Kshama Sawant continued to trail with 45.78 percent of the vote. Former Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel remained in the lead in District 7, but his lead was trimmed to 20 votes. King County Elections said large vote updates were expected Thursday and Friday.

    UPDATE, Nov. 5: Early results from the Nov. 5 election were posted shortly after 8 p.m.

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    In Seattle's District 1, incumbent Lisa Herbold was leading challenger Phillip Tavel. She had 51.29 percent of the 17,827 total votes counted in early returns.

    In Seattle's District 2, Tammy Morales was leading over Mark Solomon. She had 56.06 percent of the 12,054  total votes counted in early returns.

    In Seattle's District 3, Egan Orion was leading incumbent Kshama Sawant. He had 53.99 percent of the 20,454  total votes counted in early returns.

    In Seattle's District 4, Alex Pedersen was leading Shaun Scott. Pedersen had 57.78 percent of the 14,901 total votes counted in early returns.

    In Seattle's District 5, incumbent Deborah Juarez was leading against challenger Ann Davison Sattler. Juarez had 57.24 percent of the 14,374 total votes counted in early returns. 

    In Seattle's District 6, Dan Strauss was leading against former councilwoman Heidi Wills. He had 52.27 percent of the 18,075 total votes counted in early returns.        

    In Seattle's District 7, Jim Pugel was leading against Andrew Lewis. Pugel had 50.32 percent of the 17,153 total votes counted in early returns.   

    Updated vote numbers are not expected until 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

     

    ORIGINAL TEXT: Primary election results are expected by 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night, and KIRO 7 will send a push alert on the KIRO 7 News App as soon as results are posted.

    Below is a rundown of Seattle City Council races.

    Seattle's District 1

    District 1 includes West Seattle, South Park and areas along Seattle's southwest border. Defense attorney Phillip Tavel had received earlier support, including a Seattle Times endorsement, in his run to beat incumbent Lisa Herbold, who was endorsed by The Stranger. 

    Seattle's District 2

    District 2 includes the Rainier Valley, Georgetown, Beacon Hill, Sodo and Columbia City. Mark Solomon, who received the Times endorsement, is a Beacon Hill native running "to ensure the voices of this district are heard." He's running against ​Tammy Morales, a community organizer for the Rainier Beach Action Coalition, was endorsed by The Stranger, King County Councilman Larry Gossett, U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal and City Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda.

    Seattle's District 3

    District 3 covers Capitol Hill, Madison Park and the Central District – the district where socialist incumbent Kshama Sawant has been elected twice. Running against her is Egan Orion, a Capital Hill community leader who produced PrideFest.

    Orion was endorsed by the Times; Sawant was endorsed by The Stranger.

    Seattle's District 4 

    District 4 includes the University District, Wallingford, Ravenna and areas from View Ridge to the 520 bridge. There are 10 candidates, including Alex Petersen, who was a former aide to City Councilman Tim Burgess. Petersen also received endorsements from the Times, former Governor Dan Evans, former King County Executive Ron Sims and others. He's facing candidate Shaun Scott, who is a democratic socialist and advocacy journalist who was endorsed by The Stranger, former mayoral candidate Cary Moon, the Transit Riders Union and others.

    Seattle's District 5

    City Councilwoman Deborah Juarez is running for reelection in District 5, which includes Lake City, Bitter Lake and Northgate. She's challenged by Ann Davison Sattler, also an attorney, who was part of the Seattle SuperSonics management team and received the Times endorsement. 

    Juarez was endorsed by The Stranger.

    Seattle's District 6

    Former City Councilwoman Heidi Wills is running for the position in District 6, which covers the area now represented by Mike O'Brien, including Ballard, Fremont, Blue Ridge and part of Greenwood.

    Wills lost her last City Council run in 2003 after the Strippergate ethics scandal. She returns with endorsements from the Times, Sierra Club and the 46th District Democrats.

    Dan Strauss, a policy advisor for current District 7 Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw, and his endorsements include the Stranger, King County Democrats and Young Democrats, and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. 

    Seattle's District 7

    District 7 includes Queen Anne, Magnolia, Interbay and downtown Seattle. Candidate Jim Pugel is a Seattle native and career cop who served as interim Seattle police chief and also worked as chief deputy for the King County Sheriff's Office. His endorsements include the Times, King County Councilman Larry Gossett and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

    The top funded candidate is Andrew Lewis, who works as an assistant city attorney under Pete Holmes. Lewis received endorsements from the Stranger, King County Democrats and Young Democrats, labor unions and others. He's also noted for the "For Edith" political ad. Lewis also was campaign manager for former Councilman Nick Licata's 2009 reelection campaign.


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