Late this afternoon, with the release of King County Elections’ third tally of ballots in the November 2021 general election, Hamdi Mohamed overtook Stephanie Bowman for Position #3 on the Seattle Port Commission.
Behind by 5,600 votes on Election Night and behind by 4,020 votes yesterday evening, Mohamed today jumped out to a lead of 9,610 votes over Bowman. 459,686 total ballots have been counted by King County Elections.
211,576 ballots have been cast for Mohamed and 201,966 for Bowman.
Mohamed now has 50.93% of the vote and Bowman has 48.62%. Mohamed is the second 2021 Port challenger to overtake an incumbent in the late ballots, following Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, who leapfrogged Peter Steinbrueck yesterday.
King County Elections reports that almost 607,000 ballots have been returned, and has estimated that turnout may reach 46% in the November general election. If King County Elections’ estimate proves true, then we are almost two thirds of the way done with tabulating the votes in this election.
If you haven’t been paying close attention to this race for Port Commission, here’s our primer from Tuesday about the matchup.
Mohamed vs. Bowman: The contest for Position #3
Bowman has campaigned on her record of fostering job creation at the Port, her efforts to tackle climate damage, and the Port’s partnership with the Port of Tacoma through the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
She has also cited expanding job training opportunities for youth of color, making stormwater improvements, and developing a noise insulation program for homes close to the airport as accomplishments.
But she has also been criticized for taking a position opposing SeaTac’s minimum wage ordinance, and her 2015 vote to allow Shell Oil to locate its Arctic drilling operations in Seattle.
Mohamed presently works as an adviser to the King County Executive Office regarding the county’s budget, small business initiatives, community engagement and the county’s COVID-19 response.
Her father was a trucker and her mother was a Sea-Tac airport worker, and that experience led her to desire the creation of both re-entry programs for COVID-19-impacted workers and a new Small Business Recovery Taskforce.
She says she is committed to making the Port a key player in addressing climate change and its broad electrification.
Mohamed resides in South King County, not far from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. South King County has historically lacked representation on the Port Commission. If Mohamed wins, the communities close to the Port’s largest facility would have more clout on its five-member governing body.
Updated numbers are due tomorrow afternoon
King County Elections’ next ballot drop will be released sometime tomorrow afternoon, likely between 4 and 5 PM Pacific Time. That drop may be as large as today’s, with a significant number of ballots expected to be tallied.