Tonight, vot­ers end­ed a live­ly four-way con­test for a bat­tle­ground coun­ty coun­cil dis­trict by send­ing the old­est can­di­date (a well known incum­bent who has served sev­er­al terms) and the youngest can­di­date (a first time office-seek­er) on to the gen­er­al elec­tion for a Novem­ber matchup.

In the returns just released by King Coun­ty Elec­tions, Repub­li­can Jane Hague and Demo­c­rat Richard Mitchell hold the top spots. Hague is far and away the leader with 39% of the vote, but col­lec­tive­ly, her oppo­nents have 61% of the vote, which isn’t a good sign for her cam­paign. Mitchell, mean­while, leads the group of chal­lengers with 27.87% of the vote. John Creighton is close behind with 25.15% of the vote, and Pat­sy Bon­in­con­tri was a dis­tant fourth with 7.30%.

The num­bers:

Bal­lots Cast/Registered Vot­ers: 24517121139 (20.24%)
Pat­sy Bon­in­con­tri: 7.30% (1,681 votes)
Richard E. Mitchell: 27.87% (6,420 votes)
Jane Hague: 39.30% (9,054 votes)
John Creighton: 25.15% (5,795 votes)
Write-in: 0.39% (89 votes)

Only six hun­dred and twen­ty five votes sep­a­rate Mitchell and Creighton. While it’s pos­si­ble that Creighton could make up the dif­fer­ence, it’s unlike­ly. This is a low turnout elec­tion, and there won’t be a huge flood of late bal­lots like we saw last year, with the poten­tial to alter the out­comes of races.

Creighton needs to sub­stan­tial­ly close the gap tomor­row when the next batch of tab­u­lat­ed bal­lots are fac­tored in to have a rea­son­able shot at catch­ing up. Mitchell is assured of mov­ing on as long as he does­n’t give up too much ground.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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