Lisa Herbold is the apparent winner in the race for Seattle City Council District 1, representing West Seattle, Delridge and South Park.
The race for the Seattle City Council’s District 1 seat is all but over. Shannon Braddock phoned Lisa Herbold Thursday night to congratulate her on winning, by a hair, the race to represent West Seattle, Delridge and South Park, Herbold said Friday.
The call came after a hand recount of ballots in the Nov. 3 election was carried out Thursday, Herbold said. Publicola first reported on Braddock’s gesture.
“She left me a really nice message congratulating me and wishing me good luck and saying she knew that we shared in the pleasure of not being in the campaign anymore — having this long month be over,” Herbold said.
King County Elections won’t certify the post-recount result until Monday, so the outcome is still not official. But Herbold, who was present for the recount, said her understanding is that neither she nor Braddock will see their vote totals change.
The pre-recount result had Herbold winning with 12,459 votes to Braddock’s 12,420 — a margin of just 39 votes, or less than 0.2 percent. There were 164 write-in votes in the race, some of which may be reclassified as nonvotes Monday, Herbold said.
Braddock didn’t return phone calls Friday.
Herbold, a longtime aide to outgoing Councilmember Nick Licata, won most precincts in Delridge and South Park. Braddock, chief of staff to Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, D-Seattle, did better in West Seattle.
Both candidates described themselves as political progressives. But Braddock took some heat because of her support from landlords and large corporations.
Some of Herbold’s opponents in the business community portrayed her as a political radical, linking her to socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Multiple independent-expenditure committees together spent more than $200,000 to try to get Braddock elected. One spent just over $21,000 backing Herbold’s election.
“There was a lot of investment in seeing that I not win,” Herbold said. “It’s nice to see that sometimes money doesn’t buy a political race.”
Herbold said both her supporters and Braddock’s agree that her most important job as a council member will be managing growth in District 1.
“For some people that means making sure we’re funding transportation infrastructure, and for some people it means working on housing affordability,” she said.
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