Lisa Herbold vs. Shannon Braddock
Chart: Northwest Progressive Institute. Data: King County Elections

Talk about a razor-thin race: In the con­test for Seat­tle City Coun­cil, Dis­trict #1, Top Two final­ists Lisa Her­bold and Shan­non Brad­dock are now sep­a­rat­ed by a mere six votes — out of over twen­ty-two thou­sand cast! That’s a mar­gin of one house­hold.

Take a look at the num­bers fol­low­ing the lat­est tabulation:

City of Seat­tle Coun­cil Dis­trict No. 1
(Precincts ( 151/ 151 )
Lisa Her­bold: 49.70% (11,522)
Shan­non Brad­dock: 49.73% (11,528 votes)
Write-in: 0.57% (133 votes)

The trend in the late bal­lots has been for Her­bold, so there’s a good chance she over­takes Brad­dock tomor­row. But there sim­ply aren’t all that many bal­lots left to count now, one week after Elec­tion Day, and this race may go to a recount.

Her­bold and Brad­dock both have a sig­nif­i­cant degree of leg­isla­tive expe­ri­ence, and each ran a strong cam­paign. Her­bold has worked for Seat­tle City Coun­cilmem­ber Nick Lica­ta for many years; Brad­dock has worked for King Coun­ty Coun­cilmem­ber Joe McDer­mott. Both are respect­ed and well liked in West Seattle.

“Ago­niz­ing!” wrote for­mer Seat­tle May­or Greg Nick­els, in a Face­book post­ing com­ment­ing on the tight race. He reflect­ed: “I was in a cou­ple of cliffhang­ers. I emerged vic­to­ri­ous a week after elec­tion day in 2001 over Mark Sidran and the oth­er came up a bit short in 1997 to Char­lie Chong. No idea how this one will turn out but I am very appre­cia­tive that these two strong women ran effec­tive cam­paigns, gave it every­thing they have and how­ev­er it turns out Shan­non Brad­dock and Lisa Her­bold should be very proud of their efforts.”

This was a close race on Elec­tion Night and it has remained so. Brad­dock did build a more com­fort­able lead on the sec­ond day of count­ing, but that has sim­ply evap­o­rat­ed. Take a look at how the results have evolved:

Lisa Herbold vs. Shannon Braddock
Chart: North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute. Data: King Coun­ty Elections

The next count will be released in forty-eight hours, owing to tomor­row being Vet­er­ans Day. Both the Her­bold and Brad­dock cam­paigns will no doubt be chas­ing bal­lots over the next two weeks, look­ing to ensure their sup­port­ers’ votes are count­ed ahead of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion on Novem­ber 24th.

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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