Good evening from Shoreline and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of Washington’s 2015 Top Two Election! After working around some initial technical difficulties, King County Elections has managed to get its first batch of results posted, and they show that two candidates in the crowded, nine-person field for Seattle Port Commission Position #5 have pulled away to claim the top two spots.
They are Fred Felleman and Marion Yoshino.
Felleman, an effective environmental advocate with Friends of the Earth who enjoys strong backing from the King County Democratic Party and many progressive leaders, is in the lead with 21.73% of the vote.
Yoshino, a former Normandy Park city council member and small business owner with economic development experience, has 18.77% of the vote.
In third place is perennial candidate Richard Pope, who has run for Port Commission (and many other offices) before. He’s getting 16.30% of the vote, no doubt thanks in part to the name recognition he’s built over the years.
Former Delta pilot Ken Rogers is in fourth place with 11.96% of the vote, while former Clipper Navigation CEO Darrell Bryan is in fifth place with 10.82%. Both would seem to be out of the running for November based on this showing.
This is a great outcome for progressives. Both Fred and Marion are high-caliber candidates who would bring valuable experience and perspective to the Commission. No matter which one wins in November, we are bound to end up with a replacement who is far more progressive than departing incumbent Bill Bryant.