Nov 14, 2023 - Politics

Two Seattle council incumbents look poised to win re-election

Tammy Morales wears a black shirt and crosses her arms while smiling, at left; at right, Dan Strauss stands, smiling, with his hands in his jean pockets, wearing a button-down shirt.

Seattle City Council members Tammy Morales (left) and Dan Strauss (right) now lead in their races. Photos: Courtesy of the candidates' campaigns

Two out of three Seattle City Council incumbents who were initially trailing in last week's election now appear to be winning their races.

What's happening: City Councilmember Dan Strauss was comfortably ahead of restaurateur Pete Hanning in the latest batch of results from the Nov. 7 vote-by-mail election, leading with more than 52% of the vote on Monday.

Meanwhile, District 2 Councilmember Tammy Morales — who trailed challenger Tanya Woo by about nine percentage points on election night — was ahead 50.64% to Woo's 49.09% in Monday's count.

  • Morales and Strauss were both the more left-leaning candidates in their races.

Yes, but: Centrist candidates favored by business and real estate interests appear to have prevailed in most of the other council contests on last week's ballot.

  • On Friday, Councilmember Andrew Lewis conceded to retired naval officer Bob Kettle in District 7.

Meanwhile, Rob Saka defeated Maren Costa in District 1 and Joy Hollingsworth bested Alex Hudson in District 3, in two other races The Seattle Times called Friday.

  • In District 5, Cathy Moore won handily against ChrisTiana ObeySumner in a result that was clear on election night.

What we're watching: The District 4 race between Ron Davis and Maritza Rivera remained close on Monday, but Rivera still led by slightly more than one percentage point (303 votes).

  • King County Elections estimates there are only a few hundred ballots left to count in each Seattle council district, giving candidates little runway to catch up at this point.

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