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Local primary election results

Following the Aug. 21 primary election, Hope Elder and Dini Duclos are the leading vote-getters for Federal Way City Council Position 7.

Official certification of election results is slated for Sept. 5, according to the King County elections Web site, www.kingcounty.gov/elections. Absentee ballots are still being counted.

As of noon Wednesday, Elder led all candidates with 1,577 total votes (31.3 percent). Duclos had received 1,474 votes (29.3 percent), Eric Stavney tallied 1,342 votes (26.7 percent) and Troy Smith carried 613 votes (12.2 percent), according to the county.

Elder, a former city council member, said she's "just absolutely delighted" with the results.

"It has helped that I have been involved with the community for this many years. A lot of people know what I stand for," said Elder, whose fingers had been crossed for a second-place finish.

Elder also praised her primary election opponents for running clean campaigns that focused on issues affecting Federal Way.

"We respect each other," she said. "It has been such a pleasure to have such a clean campaign with honorable people."

Duclos echoed those sentiments.

"We agreed to begin with that none of us wanted to run a negative campaign," she said. "We think the public is tired of negative campaigning."

Duclos also expressed disappointment in the total voter turnout in Tuesday's primary. As of Wednesday, results showed 5,726 out of a total 38,578 eligible voters — about 14.8 percent — participated in the election, according to the county.

Stavney, a newcomer to politics, was surprised at how close the three leading vote-getters finished.

"I was pleased for being a new guy with not that much name recognition to do as well as I did," Stavney said. "I really did this as an investment for future elections and to learn what it's like."

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6. Elder and Duclos will vie for the open council position being vacated by current city council member Dean McColgan, who is stepping down in order to spend more time with his family.

"Now it's going to be important for Dini and I to show the differences," Elder said, pointing to their views on downtown development as well as whether residents should be allowed to elect the mayor. "Up to this time, I think people have sort of lumped us together."

Duclos looks forward to relaxing for a few days before returning to the campaign trail.

"I'm glad it's over," Duclos said of the primary. "It's time for Hope and I to take a little rest, regroup and start planning our strategy for the November election."

See www.fedwaymirror.com as well as the upcoming Aug. 25 print edition of The Mirror for updated coverage of the primary election.

Fire commissioner:

William Gates and Gary Bollinger are the leading vote-getters in the primary election race for South King Fire and Rescue Commissioner Position No. 1.

Gates had received 4,065 votes (43.6 percent), Bollinger netted 3,657 votes (39.3 percent) and John Rickert finished with 1,551 votes (16.7 percent) as of Wednesday. For this particular measure, 11,840 votes (17.3 percent) were cast from a pool of 68,427 eligible voters, according to the county.

Gates and Bollinger will face each other in the general election Nov. 6.

Fire lid lift:

Proposition No. 1, which asked voters to maintain the property tax levy rate for South King Fire and Rescue services, passed with 7,848 votes (69.4 percent), according to the county.

As a result, the department will no longer need to spend more than $100,000 annually to get the measure on the ballot. This money would then go toward equipment and improved services rather than elections, potentially saving more than $600,000 over the next six years.

Annexation:

Voters defeated the proposed East Federal Way annexation, with nearly 65 percent (1,639 votes) against the measure. About 35 percent (884 votes) were in favor of the city annexing nearly 20,000 residents and 4,400 acres in unincorporated King County east of Interstate 5.

Of the 10,468 eligible voters, about 24.5 percent (2,561) participated in the election, according to the county's results.

See www.fedwaymirror.com as well as the upcoming Aug. 25 print edition of The Mirror for more coverage on the annexation.

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