Pete Holmes clinched his third term as Seattle city attorney, receiving nearly 73 percent of the votes counted Tuesday over challenger Scott Lindsay.

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Incumbent Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes secured a crushing victory over challenger Scott Lindsay, scoring nearly 73 percent of the roughly 98,000 votes counted Tuesday night.

Holmes, 61, has been in office eight years, first beating former City Attorney Tom Carr in 2009 and running unopposed in 2013. Lindsay, 39, is the former public-safety adviser to former Mayor Ed Murray.

“I’m very happy for such a decisive vote … I think I had a great record to talk about,” Holmes said. “It looks like the other races are pretty clear, so we can get down to work.”

With Jenny Durkan poised to become Seattle’s next mayor, Holmes said, “It’ll be like picking up where we left off” after the two attorneys worked together on the 2012 consent decree aimed at reforming the Seattle Police Department.

“My goal is to really help her because when she does well, the city does well,” Holmes said of Durkan.

Minutes after the first vote tallies were posted online, Lindsay called Holmes to congratulate him.

“Holmes is an eight-year incumbent and this was a steep, uphill battle for our campaign and I wasn’t able to take it over the top,” Lindsay said.

He said he was proud of raising the profile of the need for criminal-justice reform as well as public-safety issues facing the city.

Lindsay didn’t have any immediate plans for his future but said, “There is important work to be done in the city that I’d be interested in participating in. Or new adventures, wherever that takes me.”

The candidates proffered different views of the job during the campaign, with Holmes likening his role to managing partner of a large law firm and Lindsay advocating an activist approach to the position.

Pete Holmes 73%
Scott Lindsay 27%