Jim Ferrell

Jim Ferrell

Jim Ferrell leading Federal Way mayoral race

Ferrell ahead with nearly 66% of the votes.

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell is looking at another four years, according to preliminary King County Election results.

Ferrell, who was elected in 2013, garnered nearly 65% of the votes to opponent Mark Greene’s 34% of the votes, as of Nov. 3.

Throughout the election season, Ferrell focused his priorities on public safety, adding 13 officer positions to the force, and continuing to develop Federal Way’s downtown core.

Ferrell said he is honored to be re-elected to a third term.

“I’m going to work hard for the community for the next four years,” he said.

As ballots continue to be counted for the city council races, Ferrell said he was surprised by the early results.

“It’s clear that there’s a lot of people in the community who are looking for change,” he said. “I think a lot of vigorous campaigns were run and it’s important that I work with the council that represents the community.”

Greene, a Marine Corps veteran, fell short in the general election with 3,601 votes to Ferrell’s 6,824 votes as of Wednesday night. Greene previously said that if he was elected, he would donate half of his salary, and possibly more, to hire a city manager for Federal Way.

On his website, Greene states he would work to revise King County’s hotel purchases in Federal Way. Previously, Greene also said he is against police accountability boards, and would “significantly increase” the size of the department’s police force.

So far, 10,982 ballots have been counted in Federal Way as of Nov. 3, according to King County Elections ballot return data.

King County Election results will be certified Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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