Here are the latest results for candidates in the Aug. 4 primary election, which included races for the state House, state Senate and Congress.
The top two candidates in each race will move on to the Nov. 3 general election.
Legislative District 30, State Representative Pos. 1
• Cheryl Hurst (Democrat): 13.28%
• Janis Clark (GOP Party): 16.11%
• Martin A. Moore (Ind. Republican): 25.79%
• Jamila Taylor (Democrat): 44.62%
Taylor said she is excited about the primary election results so far, and is eager for the general election.
“Clearly our campaign has done a great job getting folks out to vote and created a lot of excitement in the 30th District,” she said.
Taylor said she and her team have heard from thousands of voters over the course of this campaign and their priorities are clear: voters want a proven leader to help jumpstart the economy, to fight for affordable, accessible health care, and to safely and sustainably re-open businesses.
“They see how my experience in business, law and service to this community will get us there,” Taylor said. “I’m pleased voters chose to support my campaign and these results are a strong indication that things are looking very good for our final result.”
Moore, a Federal Way City Council member, said he has fought for local communities and plans to use this experience to keep fighting for everyone.
“I’m humbled beyond words by the support the voters in the 30th Legislative District have shown me, my campaign, and my message that elected officials first and foremost represent their communities, not political special interests or big donors,” he said. “Voters are sending a message that we need to put people over politics, and that’s a banner I will be proud to carry from the 30th Legislative District all the way to Olympia.”
Moore also expressed gratitude to those within the district who voted for him, the generous volunteers and also to his fellow candidates.
“Thank you to those who voted for me, and to those who didn’t, I extend an invitation to get to know me, learn about my background and priorities, and join the thousands of supporters who believe in real change and compromise in Olympia,” he said. “Thank you to all the candidates who ran in this election. I look forward to a spirited exchange of ideas over the next three months. And finally, thank you to all our dedicated volunteers that have helped tirelessly to spread our campaign message and have given up so much of their time.”
Legislative District 30, State Representative Pos. 2
• Jack Walsh (Republican): 31.55%
• Chris Dowllar (Republican): 3.68%
• Mark Greene (GOP Party): 5.83%
• Jesse Johnson (Democrat): 58.70% Johnson is also the incumbent.
The morning after initial posting of results, Johnson said he believes the votes are indicative of the community saying they want to have continued representation that is focused on issues surrounding the community and also focused on leadership that is reflective of the diverse community.
Campaigning during a pandemic made efforts challenging, said Johnson, who has raised about $100,000 and has personally connected with more than 10,000 voters via phone leading up to the primary, he said.
“Which is pretty incredible for a first-time legislative campaign,” he said. “It was a total team effort.
Johnson said the coming months will consist of more virtual outreach via online town hall meetings and small group meetings to learn about additional issues affecting local small businesses, students and seniors. His campaign is built with an emphasis on supporting education, public health and small businesses, he said.
As the most diverse community in the state, “we have to have leaders that are representative of our diversity community,” Johnson said.
Pulling ahead of the other two candidates to move on to the general election, Jack Walsh said the results showed “we have our work cut out for us.”
While he said he would have loved to have a closer margin, Walsh said the general election will have more voters and be decided, ultimately, by the independent voters rather than staunch Democrats or staunch Republicans.
His campaign is focused on preventing tax increases, addressing the mental health and addiction crisis, which is referred to as a homelessness crisis.
“It’s not compassionate to enable people to continue the cycle of addiction and mental health problems they have,” he said. “We need to help them.”
Walsh also opposes Referendum 90 regarding sex education in schools because “it’s not what the community wants. It’s not keeping with our community standards at all.”
It has taken “more creativity to reach voters,” said Walsh, but he is looking forward to the coming months leading up to the general for voters to realize what their choices are and why they should support him.
Congressional District 9, U.S. Representative
• Jorge Besada (Libertarian): 2.15%
• Joshua Campbell (Republican): 8.10%
• Doug Basler (Republican): 14.95%
• Adam Smith (Democrat): 74.43% Smith is also the incumbent.