Ferguson leads, but close call expected

  • Brooke Fisher<br>Enterprise editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:44am

If the race between incumbent Metro King County Council members Carolyn Edmonds and Bob Ferguson didn’t already qualify as a crowd pleaser, the narrow margin may add additional entertainment value.

As of Wednesday morning, the Enterprise’s deadline, Ferguson held a narrow lead over Edmonds for District 1, despite early returns showing Edmonds in the lead.

Results from the Sept. 20 primary election show Ferguson with 51.16 percent of votes and Edmonds with 48.72 percent of votes.

“It is a dead-even race,” Edmonds said Wednesday morning. “With so many people voting absentee, we don’t know how elections turn out on Election Day.”

Nonetheless, Edmonds, 51, who currently serves District 1, was hopeful that she would gain the lead once again. She expected to lose some of the lead to Ferguson, who targeted the poll voters, she said.

“It was good that we were cautiously optimistic; the poll voters obviously swung Bob’s way,” Edmonds said. “But there are still thousands of votes out there.”

Edmonds, a 20-year Shoreline resident, has served on the County Council for four years after being elected to the state House from the 32nd District in 1998, where she served for three years.

Ferguson, 40, was unable to be reached on Wednesday morning, but said the evening before that he was hopeful he would take the lead.

“There is no way to know,” Ferguson said. “We will have to see the final results; it is still early.”

Ferguson currently serves District 2 and has served on the County Council for two years after unseating 20-year incumbent and Council chairwoman Cynthia Sullivan. Ferguson, a Seattle resident, practiced law before running for office.

After voters approved downsizing the County Council from 13 to 9 members, District 1 now includes Lake City, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Bothell. The redistricting process added a portion of Woodinville and Seattle neighborhoods such as Northgate, Wedgewood, Victory Heights, Licton Springs, Maple Leaf and Haller Lake.

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