Idan, Martinez in the lead in Tukwila City Council race

Zak Idan, left, and Dennis Martinez, right

Zak Idan and Dennis Martinez are the top vote-getters for Position No. 5 on the Tukwila City Council .

As of Wednesday afternoon, Idan had 52. 4 percent of the vote (873 votes) and Martinez had 33 percent (550), while Armen Papyan received 7.2 percent (120) and Coletha Y. Albert had 6.3 percent (105).

Idan and Martinez will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. The winner will replace Joe Duffie, who decided not to run for another four-year term after serving 36 years on the council.

Idan arrived in the United States when he was 11 years old, after he and his family fled the civil war in Somalia and settled in Tukwila. He works for King County as a project control engineer in the Department of Natural Resources and serves on several boards and commissions, including the Tukwila Police Advisory Board, OneAmerica and the Matt Griffin YMCA.

Martinez, who spent nearly four decades working in the construction industry, has lived in Tukwila for 28 years and volunteers for many organizations, including St. Thomas Catholic Church, Habitat for Humanity, the Hand Up Foundation to fight homelessness, Thorndyke Middle School’s Watch Dog program, the Still Water Weekend SnackPack program, Foster girls’ fastpitch and Highline softball.

City Council positions are part time, and council members are paid $1,250 a month and receive certain medical benefits. The winner of the general election begins serving Jan. 1.

King County Elections will update results by 4:30 p.m. on weekdays until the results are certified on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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