Updated Aug. 7:

A second day of primary ballot counts showed no major changes in the seven Seattle City Council races.

Andrew Lewis and Jim Pugel are still set to advance to the general election with 30 and 25.98 percent of the vote, respectively, giving Lewis a slightly greater lead than on Tuesday. Daniela Lipscomb-Eng remains in third, trailing Pugel by nearly 16 percent. Michael George has 8.96 percent of the vote as of Wednesday’s count.

The King County Parks Levy is still passing by a wide margin at 68.38 percent approval.

A property tax levy renewal for the Seattle Public Library has also passed with 74.16 percent approval.

“It is clear that the people of Seattle understand the importance and value of a healthy Library system,” said Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner in a news release that dropped ahead of Wednesday’s updated count. “Investing in our libraries is an investment in every Seattle resident and the future of our city.”


Original Article

After the first batch of primary ballots were counted Tuesday night, city prosecutor Andrew Lewis and former police chief Jim Pugel are leading by a wide margin among eight other candidates for the Seattle City Council District 7 seat.

Lewis took 28.85 percent of the 15,950 primary night votes counted, followed by Pugel at 26.46 percent. Trailing in third, by more than 10 percent, is Magnolia resident Daniela Lipscomb-Eng, who works at her family’s telecommunication company. Her campaign had a strong focus on addressing crime and drug addiction.

Michael George, a senior project manager at Kidder Mathews focused on public transportation and affordable housing, took just 8.72 percent, or 1,391 votes on Tuesday.

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce backed both George and Pugel through its Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy political action committee. Lewis did seek an endorsement from CASE.

CASE filed independent expenditures of nearly $6,500 each in support of George and Pugel, most of which was for advertising. The PAC spent $300 promoting all of its favored candidates in Google search ads.

George also had the support of outgoing District 7 Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

The only other race where CASE endorsed more than one primary candidate was in District 6 — Heidi Wills and Jay Fathi. Wills is trailing Dan Strauss, who has 30.85 percent of the vote; she has 22.74 percent, or 1,400 fewer votes.

Lewis had a number of union endorsements, as well as from local politicians and district Democrat groups, including the 36th and 37th.

At-large City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda endorsed Lewis, and she and Councilmember Lorena González jointly endorsed District 3 candidate Zachary DeWolf, who had a fourth-place showing on Tuesday.

Incumbent Kshama Sawant and Seattle Pride organizer and Capitol Hill Chamber director Egan Orion pulled in nearly 33 and 24 percent, respectively.

CASE reported around $123,000 in independent expenditures in support of Orion’s campaign, the bulk of which was for canvassing, followed by about $10,000 in direct mailers.

Like most District 3 challengers, Orion used Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program to raise campaign funds, which has contribution limits. PACs can still support a candidate through unlimited independent expenditures. Orion recently defended campaign flyers posted in District 3 that state he doesn’t take corporate PAC money. CASE’s top-four contributors are Amazon, Vulcan, the Washington Association of Realtors and Expedia. Candidates were not considered for endorsement by the political action committee unless they sought it out, filling out a questionnaire and participating in a lengthy interview process.

“You can call the truth a lie but it doesn’t make it any less true and it’s clear I won’t persuade the unpersuadable,” Orion wrote in the comment section of a Seattle District 3 Facebook post.

The only incumbent CASE endorsed was Debora Juarez in District 5, who received more than 42 percent of the primary vote on Tuesday.

If everything holds steady, all three incumbents running for re-election will advance to the general election.

District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold received nearly 48 percent of the vote on Tuesday, while CASE-endorsed challenger Phil Tavel pulled in nearly 34 percent.

A property tax levy renewal for the Seattle Public Library, which received a lot of attention for a promise to forgive late fees, was passing at 73 percent on Tuesday night. Library hours will also be expanded at certain branches and internet infrastructure upgraded, among other funding commitments over the next seven years.

The King County Parks Levy is passing at 67.25 percent, with 259,344 votes counted. It is expected to generate $738 million for parks, open spaces and trails over the next six years.

With only two candidates for King County Council District 4, incumbent Jeanne Kohl-Welles and transit advocate Abigail Doerr skipped the primary and automatically advance to the Nov. 5 general election. District 4 includes Queen Anne and Magnolia.

The big upset was for longtime District 2 King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, who was trailing challenger Girmay Zahilay, an attorney and nonprofit founder, 39.37 percent to 52.1 percent on Tuesday.