Lopsided though the District 8 King County Council race is, at least there are two candidates. Of the four council members running for re-election...

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Lopsided though the District 8 King County Council race is, at least there are two candidates.

Of the four council members running for re-election, two — Seattle Democrats Larry Gossett and Larry Phillips — have no opposition.

It isn’t unusual for incumbent council members to go unchallenged. Jane Hague had a free ride to re-election in 1997, 2001 and 2005 before drawing two contenders for the Democratic nomination this year.

Dow Constantine, a former state senator who been on the County Council since 2002, faces a perennial candidate in the primary and a poorly funded Republican in the general election. District 8, which takes in West Seattle, White Center, Burien and Vashon Island, is heavily Democratic.

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Goodspaceguy Nelson, who is running against Constantine for the Democratic nomination, ran against Constantine in 2003 as a Libertarian. Running with no reported contributions, he won 16 percent of the vote. Nelson has reported no contributions this year, either, while Constantine has raised $97,511.

The Municipal League of King County has rated Constantine “outstanding” and Nelson “not qualified.”

The Democratic nominee will face Republican John Potter, a Boulevard Park rental-property owner, in the Nov. 6 general election. Potter ran for the Legislature last year and was defeated by incumbent state Rep. Bob Hasegawa.

Keith Ervin: 206-464-2105 or kervin@seattletimes.com

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