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    These are the key races in Washington state


    King County

    There will be a shakeup on the Seattle City Council which has seven of nine seats up for grabs. There will be four new members with open races in districts 1, 3, 4 and 5.

    After the initial results on election night, moderates took an early lead. All three incumbents were trailing, including Dist. 2’s Tammy Morales, Dist. 6’s Dan Strauss and Dist. 7’s Andrew Lewis.

    Seattle Housing Levy

    The levy will address Seattle’s need for more affordable housing. The renewal would raise the levy’s tax rate on assessed property value from 14 cents per $1,000 to 45 cents per $1,000.

    As of Tuesday night, prop 1 was passing by a wide margin, 66 to 34%.

    In Tacoma, there is a controversial measure on the ballot fighting for more tenant rights.

    If Measure 1 passes, landlords would be banned from evicting anyone during the cold weather months as well as during the school year if a household has students. So even if they don’t pay rent, landlords could not evict in many of those cases.

    Landlord groups say the restrictions are severe, even more stringent than Seattle’s law right now. They say the rules will hurt small landlords and allow for abuses if someone wants to squat.

    Tacoma City Council

    It was a tight race for at Large Pos. 7, Kristen Wynne led Olgy Diaz by less than 200 votes.

    John Hines was running unopposed for Dist. 1 and had 98% of the vote.

    Pierce County Council

    Snohomish County

    Snohomish County Sheriff

    Johnson took the early lead with 52% to Fortney’s 48% of the vote.

    The county will also choose a new executive, incumbent Dave Somers is running against challenger Bob Hagglund.

    City of Edmonds Mayor

    Mike Rosen was leading Mike Nelson 57% to 42% as of Tuesday night.

    City of Spokane Mayor

    More than $1 million has been raised by both candidates, more than any other race in the state.


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