State District 1 race to replace Moscoso: Kloba vs. Langston

By Evan Smith

Results of the Aug. 2 primary have set up a general-election contest in the 1st Legislative District between Republican Jim Langston and Democrat Shelley Kloba for the state representative position that incumbent Democrat Luis Moscoso gave up. In the primary, Moscoso ran unsuccessfully for the district’s Senate seat.

Langston and Kloba apparently are headed for the Nov. 8 general-election ballot as the leaders in the primary for the position that Moscoso has held for three two-year terms.

Votes counted through Friday, Aug. 12, show Langston leading all candidates with 39.68 percent; Kloba, a Kirkland city councilwoman, led Democrats with 31.36 percent to 12.65 percent for political newcomer Darshan Rauniyar, 10.22 percent for Mountlake Terrace City Councilwoman Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and 6.09 percent for Aaron Moreau-Cook, another political newcomer.

Moscoso apparently has lost to Republican Mindie Wirth and Democrat Guy Palumbo in a race for the open state senate position in the 1st Legislative District.

Wirth and Palumbo will run in November for the position that Democratic State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe is giving up after six four-year terms.

Returns from the primary released Friday showed Moscoso with 28.67 percent of the vote behind 40.01 percent for Wirth and 31.32 percent for Palumbo, an elected Snohomish County Fire District 7 commissioner and appointed Snohomish County planning commission member.

In the district’s second House contest, incumbent Democratic State Rep. Derek Stanford will face Republican challenger Neil Thannisch in November.

Stanford leads primary votes with 49.57 percent; Thrannish has 24.00 percent; Republican Brian Travis has 14.89 percent; and Democrat Kazuaki Sugiyama has 11.53 percent.

Elections officials expect to release updated returns Monday afternoon. They plan to certify primary election results Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The 1st Legislative District includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, north Kirkland, unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland, and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell including the Maltby area.

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