ELECTION 2023: Final primary numbers

King County Elections has certified the final numbers from the August 1st primary vote. Now it’s on to the November 7th general election for the top two finishers in these races that were on your ballot:

SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 (West Seattle, South Park, SODO, Georgetown, Pioneer Square), 36.8% turnout

Maren Costa 8,787 33.13 %
Rob Saka 6,397 24.12 %
Phil Tavel 5,324 20.07 %
Preston Anderson 2,222 8.38 %
Stephen Brown 1,659 6.26 %
Jean Iannelli Craciun 838 3.16 %
Lucy Barefoot 767 2.89 %
Mia Jacobson 472 1.78 %
Write-in 55 0.21 %

KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8 (including West Seattle, White Center, Vashon/Maury Islands, Burien), 33.7% turnout

Teresa Mosqueda 28,966 57.57 %
Sofia Aragon 18,900 37.56 %
GoodSpaceGuy 2,216 4.40 %
Write-in 234 0.47 %

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS DISTRICT 6 (West Seattle/most of South Park), 36.3% turnout

Gina Topp 19,845 79.70 %
Maryanne Wood 3,546 14.24 %
Rosie McCarter 1,386 5.57 %
Write-in 123 0.49 %

SEATTLE PORT COMMISSION POSITION 5 (countywide vote), 30.2% turnout

Fred Felleman* 215,148 56.52 %
Jesse Tam 97,548 25.63 %
Todd Curtis 65,935 17.32 %
Write-in 2,006 0.53 %

KC Elections will release the final precinct-by-precinct breakouts here later today.

20 Replies to "ELECTION 2023: Final primary numbers"

  • Seattlite August 16, 2023 (1:10 pm)

    Tavel coming in at third place  with numbers much higher than those below him and close to the numbers of one and two means that voters in WS are waking up.  Too bad for WS and greater Seattle that the same ol same ol candidates were voted into the  one and two spots which means that WS voters are not ready for a change.

  • Kadoo August 16, 2023 (1:35 pm)

    Vote Rob Saka! 

    • heartless August 16, 2023 (4:30 pm)


      • Wseattleite August 16, 2023 (8:17 pm)

        Why? Obviously because he is not Costa. 

        • K August 17, 2023 (2:55 pm)

          Because the guy whose main campaign promise is being buddies with the former 12-year-councilmember-turned-mayor is the best way to guarantee the status quo is maintained.  Some people have a hard time with change.

  • WSCurmudgeon August 16, 2023 (2:22 pm)

    Many thanks to Ms R and the WS Blog for the stellar primary coverage!

    Regarding District 1 City Council race, now between Ms Costa and Mr Saka:WS Blog has reported that all of the other six primary candidates have endorsed Ms Costa in the general election. 

    I am surprised and delighted by their decision! 

    Many frequent WS Blog commenters thought the more “conservative” candidates would back Mr Saka in the general.To explain why they (ALL 6!) did not, you should read the following investigative article on who the major donors to Mr Saka’s campaign are.


    Mayor Harrell has enough power already.  We in District 1 shouldn’t give him a proxy he can count on.  Vote Costa!

    • Informed Voter August 16, 2023 (4:31 pm)

      I am not 100% in love with Costa. One thing I am certain of is how uncomfortable I was with Saka and investigative coverage is just further proof. It is quite notable that 5/6 wrote the letter and all 6 endorsed Costa. I don’t recall that ever happening before. I know Saka said his politics are close with all 6, so wouldn’t one expect endorsements to be mixed? It really made sense for Tavel to align with Saka and since he hasn’t, it makes me wonder. I have a lot of respect for Tavel and he’s always handled things with grace; losing prior campaigns did not diminish his commitment to WestSea. I think accusations that he and others are retaliating because they are “sore losers” is insulting to the integrity of everyone’s respective campaign efforts. Instead of accusing them of being bitter also-rans, we need to ask ourselves what is so severely lacking or in dangerous surplus in Saka that prompted a 6/6 endorsement? 

    • andreea August 16, 2023 (4:41 pm)

      By all means correct me if I’m wrong, but as I understand it once I did some research, the mayor in Seattle (any mayor) is like the CEO of a company, and the Council is their leadership team. If those two bodies are continually at odds, nothing happens, yet somehow our tax money is spent. This is what has been happening in Seattle for too long. I’m no Saka fan but obstructionist council members won’t get my vote either. At least Harrell is trying to do SOMETHING.

      • James August 16, 2023 (5:14 pm)

        Harrell hasn’t done anything in his 12 years on City Council. What has changed? He still lines the pockets of huge corporations and the people of Seattle foot the bill. 

    • Del Griffith August 16, 2023 (5:44 pm)

      Hilarious they call Saka a conservative and put Trump references in the headline. Who cares if conservatives who can’t stand the same ole, same ole are desperate enough to put money behind the most moderate Dem running? What does that have to do with who will make a better city counsel person? Is the suggestion that Saka is now some Trumper or right wing nut or that his agenda is something other than what he says it is? Crazy that all it takes is to link someone to republicanism/conservatism in any way, shape, or form (no matter how tenuous) and that’s enough for local voters. So predictable…Also, just because Tavel put his name on a letter of support for Costa doesn’t mean she now has all his votes…that’s a bit of a stretch.

      • Del Griffith August 16, 2023 (10:01 pm)

        Also, that letter from the 6 opponents who lost is absurd. It says nothing substantive…just that Costa “cares” about Seattle. And then, at the end, it says they disagree with her on policy matters (the only thing that should really matter). It makes no sense at all and should be the most suspicious thing in all of this.

      • Seattlite August 17, 2023 (10:42 am)

        Saka’s voter pamphlet statement has no connection to conservatism.  Basically, I cannot vote for either Saka or Costa based on their voter pamphlet statements that do not clearly, precisely indicate the much needed common sense plans and tremendous amount of hard work to resolve WS’s and greater Seattle’s ongoing and major problems.Remember, the city council writes and passes policies.  How are the current policies working for you?  Would Saka or Costa work for YOU to rewrite current policies that are not working for Seattle’s citizens and then persuade the city council to vote on the new policies? To do that takes a grand scale of negotiating skills.

    • Kadoo August 17, 2023 (8:38 am)

      Why anyone would believe that rookie journalist from The Stranger is beyond me. She makes it sound like Trump himself is supporting Saka, which is utter rubbish. 

    • Kadoo August 17, 2023 (9:00 am)

      I don’t know why anyone would take that rookie journalist from The Stranger seriously. She makes is sound like Saka is collecting money from Trump himself and that is utter rubbish. 

  • Spencer August 16, 2023 (2:43 pm)

    Haha GoodSpaceGuy with 4%. I get it, I was tempted too! 😆

    • Blbl August 17, 2023 (8:02 am)

      Yeah, GoodSpaceGuy did better than Conner Roy! Congrats, Mr. Guy!

  • onion August 16, 2023 (4:36 pm)

    Regarding wscurmudgeon’s comment: The Stranger report doesn’t phase me, just as MAGA attacks against moderate Republicans shouldn’t pigeonhole moderates in that party as RINOs. Harrell has done a better job than any Seattle mayor since Greg Nickels. If I were a conservative with money to burn in my pockets I’d probably donate to the most moderate Democratic candidates I could find, and not even dream of finding a full-fledged Republican. I vote Democratic 90-95% of the time, but the extreme left wing of the party has not served the people of Seattle well. I need to hear a lot more from both Saka and Costa before I decide who to vote for.

    • wscommuter August 16, 2023 (9:18 pm)

      Well said.  As another life-long D, but not part of the fringe left, I’m curious to see what happens this fall – will Seattle elect more moderates who’ll work with Harrell, or more Herbold/Sawants who represent the fringe left.  Time will tell.  

      • WestSeattleBadTakes August 16, 2023 (10:06 pm)

        Because of course Harrell has no responsibility to work with elected officials that disagree with him.

      • Jort August 16, 2023 (10:46 pm)

        I just love, love, love, love hearing people talk about Lisa Herbold ….. LISA HERBOLD …. as a representative of the “fringe left.” Lisa Herbold!! She is as boring and bureaucratic as it comes! The only political belief I’ve seen Lisa Herbold consistently defend is steadfast adherence to the god forsaken Seattle Process. But she certainly isn’t some kind of die-hard communist. Maybe part of the reason you guys keep losing over and over and over again is because you’ve invented these absolutely ridiculous caricatures of our mostly anodyne and boring politicians, like they’re cartoon villains who have tied the wealthy citizens of the Admiral District and Magnolia to the railroad tracks! This is so ridiculous. Oh yeah, Lisa Herbold, the standard-bearer for extremist, anarchist leftist positions. So ridiculous. I wonder if people even hear themselves when they say this kind of stuff. 

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