Seattle City Council candidate Jon Grant said Tuesday he’s conceding his Position 8 race against Tim Burgess. Two other races remain too close to call.
Jon Grant on Tuesday conceded his race against Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess for the Position 8 citywide seat, but two other council contests remain undecided a week after the Nov. 3 general election.
Ballots are still being counted and the results won’t be certified until Nov. 24.
An automatic machine recount is triggered when fewer than 2,000 votes and less than half a percentage point separate two candidates. An automatic manual recount is triggered when fewer than 150 votes and less than a quarter of a percentage point do.
District 1 includes West Seattle, Delridge and South Park. District 2 covers Southeast Seattle, the Chinatown-International District, Beacon Hill and Georgetown.
Braddock led Herbold by about 6 percentage points on election night.
Braddock is chief of staff to Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, and received more support from business groups. Herbold is an aide to Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata and had more help from labor groups.
Harrell, a lawyer who grew up in Southeast Seattle, is seeking a third term on the council. Morales is a food-policy consultant. She moved to District 2 in 2012 but has worked in Southeast Seattle neighborhoods for more than a decade.
Turnout in District 2 has been lower than in other parts of the city.
Grant has gained ground on Burgess since initial returns a week ago, reducing a 16 percentage-point deficit on election night to 10 points, as of Tuesday. But the remaining gap means the incumbent will return to City Hall.
The former police detective has served on the council since 2008 and raised $391,098 in campaign contributions to Grant’s $74,911.
Grant put Burgess under pressure by branding him as too conservative for Seattle, citing his 2010 push for a ban on aggressive panhandling, for instance.
On Tuesday, Grant said that line of attack led Burgess to support a council resolution related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, sponsor a pair of tenants’-rights ordinances and call on the state Legislature to repeal Washington’s ban on rent control.
“While we lost the race, the clear winner this election is progressive politics,” he said.
Grant’s supporters hoped voters upset about rising housing costs and the influence of money in politics would boot Burgess, give socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant a new ally and perhaps sweep the council’s activist wing into the majority.
Burgess ran on his reputation as a practical-minded politician and on his record, citing work on Seattle’s paid sick-leave ordinance and its subsidized preschool pilot program.
The independent expenditure committee United for Tim shelled out $219,315 to back Burgess, while two union-backed committees spent less than $14,000 for Grant.
The race revved up when a developer told Grant he would help make another committee “go away” in return for Grant’s help settling a lawsuit against the company.
Grant went public about the proposed quid pro quo after an executive at the company spelled it out in a text message, and the committee collapsed.