Allan Ekberg takes lead in mayor’s race; UPDATE: Point spread holds steady

UPDATE 7 p.m. results Thursday: The percentage-point spread between Allan Ekberg and De'Sean Quinn remained relatively unchanged after the latest results were released Thursday night. Ekberg continued his lead with 54.62 percent of the votes to Quinn's 45.02 percent.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. results Friday: The percentage-point spread between Allan Ekberg and De’Sean Quinn continued to remain relatively unchanged after Friday’s results were released. Ekberg continued his lead with 53.82 percent of the votes to Quinn’s 45.78 percent, or 1,219 to 1,037 votes.

UPDATE 7 p.m. results Thursday: The percentage-point spread between Allan Ekberg and De’Sean Quinn remained relatively unchanged after the latest results were released Thursday night. Ekberg continued his lead with 54.62 percent of the votes to Quinn’s 45.02 percent.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. results Wednesday: De’Sean Quinn made up some ground in the results released Wednesday in his race against Allan Ekberg for Tukwila mayor. After the Tuesday night tally, Ekberg was ahead by 209 votes. That lead dropped by 12 to 197 on Wednesday. Ekberg’s lead told as a percentage dropped 2.42 percent. Ekberg has 55.42 percent of the vote to Quinn’s 44.29 after Wednesday’s tally. And that change occurred with the addition of 239 ballots to the count.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Allan Ekberg took a comfortable lead over fellow Tukwila City Council member De’Sean Quinn in initial results Tuesday night in the race for Tukwila mayor.

Ekberg received 873 votes or 57 percent to Quinn’s 664 votes or 43 percent.

“I believe the voters supported me because they want a leader who has the interest of all residents in mind and one who showed individual leadership by not accepting outside money from special interests,” Ekberg said Wednesday morning.

Quinn said Wednesday morning he’s proud of the race he’s run thus far.

“The early returns have a lead for my opponent. These are the Tukwila voters who will be the ultimate decision makers of this race,” Quinn said, adding he’s looking forward to the posting of more results.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Haggerton did not seek a third term.

In the only contested City Council race, incumbent Kate Kruller has easily outdistanced challenger Charles Richard (Dick) Tyson, with 994 votes or 71 percent to Tyson’s 402 votes or 29 percent for her Position 6 seat.

City Council members Kathy Hougardy and Dennis Robertson were unopposed.

In the only contested Tukwila School Board race, incumbent Steve Mullet was beating challenger Kevin O’Brien Gaw, with 763 votes or 63 percent or 448 votes or 37 percent. School Board members Dave Larson and Dana Scott were unopposed.

King County Elections counted 1,583 ballots for this initial result. There are 8,169 registered voters in Tukwila. The tally will continue but the initial results reflect about 20 percent of the city’s registered voters.

The elections office will continue to post new results at about 4:30 p.m. each weekday. The final results will be certified on Nov. 24.

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