A second Seattle City Council incumbent has erased a significant Election Night deficit and taken the lead from their challenger in as many days.
As of today’s count — the fourth overall in this 2023 general election — Councilmember Tammy Morales is ahead of rival Tanya Woo and on track to win. Like her colleague Dan Strauss in District #6, Morales was able to pull ahead thanks to late ballots that strongly favored her.
Seattle City Council #2 results: Fourth day of counting
|Tammy J Morales|
Other | 12,712 votes
Other | 12,395 votes
Morales was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2019. Four years prior, she had challenged Bruce Harrell for Council in District #2, losing by only a few hundred votes. In 2019, Harrell opted not to seek reelection and Morales became his successor in a landslide, defeating Mark Solomon with 60.47% of the vote.
“I’ve been in Seattle for over twenty years, working and advocating for Seattle’s communities of color,” Morales writes on her 2023 campaign website. “Prior to being elected to City Council in 2019, I worked for an affordable housing lender, as a community organizer, and a food justice advocate.”
“I am trained as a community and regional planner — having spent my career working with frontline communities to bring about food security and to stop displacement in low-income neighborhoods. Currently, I chair the Neighborhoods, Education, Civil Rights, and Culture Committee where we work to help families who are struggling in our city and create an economy that works for everyone.”
Morales was endorsed for reelection by The Stranger and The Urbanist.
“Morales votes the right way on every issue,” gushed The Stranger in its endorsement statement. “Cops? She won’t give them more money. Renters? She goes to bat for them. Sweeps? She decries them. Housing? She wants to decommodify it. When a contentious vote comes before the council, she rarely gets a frantic call from our City Hall reporter to ask which way she’s going to go.”
“Four years ago, we endorsed Tammy Morales because of her clear support for investments in transit and affordable housing, commitment to our most vulnerable community members, and progressive vision,” The Urbanist wrote. “We have not been disappointed. Morales has proven herself to be an outstanding councilmember for urbanists. She has been a champion for safe streets and pedestrian safety, was an early supporter of social housing, and laid out her support for Comprehensive Plan Alternative 6 in an op-ed in the Seattle Times.”
The Seattle Times, for its part, backed Woo.
“Morales, the current council member for the district, is frequently criticized by small business owners in Little Saigon, Sodo and other neighborhoods for not seeming to care about endemic property crime and vandalism,” the Seattle Times editorial board wrote in its endorsement of Woo, characterizing her as “best able to represent all of South Seattle’s different voices.”
Not many ballots remain to be counted in the 2nd or any other Seattle city council district, so Morales’ new lead should remain intact.
Counting will continue next week. The November 2023 general election is due to be certified by county canvassing boards on November 28th.