UPDATE: 10:01 p.m.
Shari Song said she was not yet ready to concede on Tuesday night to Reagan Dunn in the race for King County Council District 9. Dunn was leading Song 58 percent to 42 percent in initial returns.
Dunn said he thought “voters were happy with the job I’m doing and saw through some of the distortions in the campaign.” Song had criticized Dunn’s work ethic and attendance record; he had missed a lot of votes because he sometimes leaves meetings early.
Song called her campaign a “tremendous achievement” because of the amount of money she raised and the number of volunteers she attracted. Song raised more than $250,000 to challenge Dunn — the most a challenger for a King County seat has ever raised, Dunn said.
Dunn, who was seeking a third term on the council representing District 9, was considered the council’s most vulnerable incumbent this year.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.
Incumbent Metropolitan King County Council member Reagan Dunn was holding a strong lead Tuesday night over his opponent, Bellevue realtor Shari Song, 58 percent to 42 percent.
County Executive Dow Constantine was easily holding onto his position over opponent Alan Lobdell, 78 percent to 22 percent.
In District 1 in North King County, attorney Rod Dembowski was beating public-health researcher Naomi Wilson, 74 percent to 25 percent. Dembowski was appointed earlier this year to an open seat on the council.
In District 5, state Rep. Dave Upthegrove held a lead over Andy Massagli for the seat being vacated by retiring council member Julia Patterson. Upthegrove had 69 percent to Massagli’s 31 percent.
Five seats on the Metropolitan King County Council are up for grabs today, with voters deciding whether to keep four incumbents as well as who will replace outgoing Councilmember Julia Patterson.
Reagan Dunn is the council’s most vulnerable incumbent, facing Bellevue real-estate agent Shari Song. Dunn is seeking a third term representing District 9, in rural southeast King County. He is a moderate and has voted for half the tax proposals that have come before him as a council member. He touts among his accomplishments fighting to reopen a Maple Valley sheriff’s office precinct that was closed during budget cuts. Song is a first-time political candidate, and local Democratic groups saw an opportunity to get another Democrat on the council.
In District 1 in north King County, attorney Rod Dembowski faces public-health researcher Naomi Wilson. Dembowski was appointed earlier this year to an open seat on the council.
In District 5, state Rep. Dave Upthegrove faces Andy Massagli, a former airline pilot who now works in advertising. The seat is being vacated by retiring council member Julia Patterson. District 5 includes cities and unincorporated areas in southwest King County.
Two other council candidates are unopposed on the ballot: Pete von Reichbauer and Kathy Lambert.