Update 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8: King County Elections counted 2,765 more District 7 ballots Friday night, increasing Andrew Lewis’ lead against Jim Pugel to 2,049 votes. With a total 35,806 ballots counted, voter turnout in District 7 is at 49.43 percent.

Update 4 p.m. Nov. 8: Andrew Lewis increased his lead over District 7 opponent Jim Pugel on Friday afternoon, and now has 52.09 percent of the vote with 33,041 ballots counted. Pugel had 14,824 votes to Lewis’ 16,274, for 47.45 percent. King County Elections will release a second count at 8:30 p.m. that will include another 50,000 countywide ballots.

Update Nov. 7: Andrew Lewis is now 365 votes ahead of Jim Pugel in the race for Seattle City Council District 7.
The assistant city attorney was trailing the former Seattle Police chief by around 200 votes on Election Night, closing that gap to just 20 votes on Wednesday.

Thursday’s count puts Lewis at 50.52 percent and Pugel at 49.04 percent.

“It’s still, I think, too close to call,” said Parker Dawson, Lewis’ campaign manager, adding a recount could be possible if the results continuing trending that way.

King County Elections counted a little less than 6,000 District 7 ballots on Thursday, pushing the total to 26,006.

“Today was a very big drop, and it will definitely be less impactful going forward,” Dawson said.

Update Nov. 6: Wednesday's ballot count shows Lewis trailing Pugel by just 20 votes at 49.73 percent to 49.83 percent. King County Elections reports 20,690 ballots counted, putting turnout at 28.56 percent as of Nov. 6. 

County Council District 4

Incumbent Jeanne Kohl-Welles has secured another term on the King County Council, taking 73.85 percent of the vote in the District 4 race against Abigail Doerr.

Port of Seattle 

Sam Cho maintains a strong lead over Grant Degginger with 57.15 percent of the vote for Position 2.

Position 5 incumbent Fred Felleman has won re-election with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

Original Story

Seattle City Council candidate Andrew Lewis responded positively to Tuesday night’s general election results, even though they show him slightly trailing his District 7 opponent Jim Pugel.

With 18,102 votes counted, the assistant city attorney was at 49.14 percent, trailing by roughly 200 votes. Pugel, a former Seattle Police chief, had 50.32 percent of the vote, or 8,632 ballots cast in his favor.

“The results are a good sign,” Pugel said. “Clearly, it’s a close race — it’s always been a close race — but I think people want predictability. People want safe and secure neighborhoods for all.”

The initial election results do not include those ballots received by mail or through drop boxes on election day. King County Elections staff stayed busy throughout the day responding to drop boxes as they filled up.

Lewis told Queen Anne News he was cautiously optimistic Tuesday night, and that he expected to make gains over the next few days of counting. He noted his lead in the primary went up while Pugel’s went down.

There were 10 District 7 primary candidates, and the first night Lewis took 28.85 percent of the vote while Pugel took 26.46 percent. Pugel finished the primary with 24.76 percent of the vote while Lewis moved up to 31.71 percent.

“We started this campaign with the same message that we ended with,” Lewis said, “and that is Seattle needs change. We can’t keep doing the same thing.”

King County Council

Incumbent Jeanne Kohl-Welles appears to have roundly defeated challenger Abigail Doerr to keep her District 4 seat on the King County Council. She had received 28,883 votes in the first count, compared to Doerr’s 10,184.

Kohl-Welles started on the county council in 2016, having served the 36th District in the Washington Senate since 1994.

Doerr is a transportation and environmental activist. She moved to Seattle in 2011 to work as engagement coordinator with The Washington Bus, a movement-building organization that increases political participation and access for young people, and was campaign manager for Seattle Parks For All in 2014. She also managed the Yes for Seattle Transit campaign that year.

Port of Seattle

Biologist Fred Felleman will likely serve another term on the Port of Seattle Commission, taking 69.16 percent of the vote Tuesday night against Position 5 challenger Garth Jacobson, who has a background as a state land-use attorney in Montana.

King County Elections counted 312,930 ballots for the countywide seat.

Position 2 candidate Sam Cho, an international exporter who previously served in the U.S. General Services Administration under Barack Obama, had a strong 14 percent lead over former Bellevue mayor Grant Degginger.