This afternoon, a major shift occurred in one of the close city council races that we’ve been watching over the last few days. After having trailed opponent Robin McClelland for nearly a week, young progressive Jesse Salomon today took a twenty-two vote lead in the contest for Shoreline City Council Position #6.
Salomon, who works as a public defender in Seattle Municipal Court, was supported in his campaign for Shoreline City Council by the King County Democratic Party and a number of progressive organizations, including the M.L. King County Labor Council, Washington Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club.
McClleland, sixty-eight, is also a Democrat, and received the support of the Cascade Bicycle Club and the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington.
Here is where the race stands now after today’s update:
Jesse Salomon: 49.93% (6,876 votes)
Robin McClelland: 49.77% (6,854 votes)
Salomon’s comeback is rather impressive, considering where he stood only a week ago. On election night, he was managing only 46.65% of the vote, to McClelland’s 53.02%. By Thursday, Salomon had narrowed the gap, but was still behind by three hundred and sixty-five votes. Now, he’s ahead by twenty-two.
If the trend continues tomorrow, he’ll be able to put more distance in between himself and McClelland. King County is starting to run out of ballots to process, however, and it’s possible that the race will remain in recount territory when the time comes to certify the election.