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Democrats ahead in 30th District State Representative positions

Early results show Jamila Taylor with 59% of votes in Position 1, Jesse Johnson with 62% of votes in Position 2.

Two Democrat candidates are in the lead for the 30th District State Representative positions, according to Nov. 3 election results.

As of Tuesday night, Jamila Taylor received 59.63% of votes for Position 1 and Jesse Johnson netted 62.10% of votes for Position 2.

With a projected voter tunrout forecast of 90%, King County Elections counted just over 1 million votes as of Nov. 3. Results will be finalized by Nov. 24.

Newcomer Jamila Taylor (D) netted nearly 59.63% (28,395 so far) of votes for Position 1 against Martin Moore (R), who had 40.21% (19,150) of votes.

Taylor, a domestic violence and crime victims attorney, built a campaign on advocating for accessible healthcare, ensuring affordable housing for all, and she believes in a top-to-bottom overhaul of the criminal justice system.

Moore, a seven-year member of the city council and self proclaimed Independent Republican, focuses on issues of youth advocacy, government transparency and “putting people over politics.”

Incumbent Jesse Johnson (D) is tracked at 62.10% (29,620) of votes for Position 2, while opponent Jack Walsh (R) has received 37.77% (18,016) of votes.

Johnson, a former Federal Way City Council member, was appointed to the State Legislature in January this year. His election campaign focused on equitable access to education for all students, supporting at-risk youth and increasing access to affordable healthcare and housing for working people.

Walsh, a small local business owner in Federal Way, supports law enforcement agencies and is vocal about his opposition to defunding police. The first-time politician has focused on increasing access to addiction and mental health programs and is against the sex education bill Referendum 90.

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