In this year’s closest race for Seattle School Board, Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters were leading in Tuesday’s returns, setting up what likely will continue to be a spirited campaign between the two candidates.
Dale Estey, a government-relations and public-affairs consultant, had nearly 48 percent of the votes counted Tuesday. Peters, a freelance writer and education activist, was second with 41 percent. Dean McColgan, the third candidate in the District 4 race, was a distant third with nearly 11 percent.
District 4 covers Queen Anne, Magnolia and part of Ballard.
In District 5, which covers much of central Seattle and Capitol Hill, education consultant Stephan Blanford had a large lead with 78 percent of the votes counted. LaCrese Green, a private tutor, was second with about 13 percent and parent Olu Thomas was third with about 8 percent.
Incumbent Betty Patu, running unopposed in District 7, advances to the general election automatically.
In the primary, school board candidates run only in their districts. In each race, the two candidates with the most votes advance to general election, which then is decided by voters citywide.