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November 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Godden confident, expects third term to be her last

Jean Godden

Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden said she was confident of victory Tuesday night, though her opponent Bobby Forch refused to concede.

Godden’s race was the closest of the five council contests, with four other incumbents leading by landslide margins in first-day returns. But Godden still held a comfortable 8-point lead.

“There are still plenty of votes to be counted,” said Forch, a Seattle Department of Transportation manager. King County elections officials estimated that about half of the total votes were counted Tuesday. Forch would need a remarkable reversal to overcome Godden’s advantage.

Presuming she prevails, Godden, 80, said this — her third term — would probably be her last. “I imagine it will be,” she said.

Incumbents Tim Burgess, Sally Clark, Bruce Harrell and Tom Rasmussen all captured at least 62 percent of the votes counted Tuesday.

Asked about rumors that he will run for mayor in 2013, Burgess said, “Let’s deal with that another day.”

Harrell said he received a congratulatory call from his opponent, Brad Meacham, who ran stronger on Tuesday night than any challenger but Forch.

In his second term Harrell said he wants to chair the council’s public safety and civil rights committee. As a minority who grew up in the Central District, Harrell said he’s “uniquely qualified” to oversee improved public safety and protection of citizens’ civil rights.

 

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