Early election results show Jeanne Burbidge, Kelly Maloney and Martin Moore leading their respective races for Federal Way City Council.
In position 2, Maloney will retain her seat by winning about 60.8 percent of the vote (5,533 as of Thursday) against challenger Mark Koppang, who netted 39 percent (3,558). Maloney was appointed to the council in January to replace Linda Kochmar, who was elected to the state Legislature.
Maloney, who is a marketing director for Orion Industries, said her initiatives — such as rebranding the city’s image and attracting a college — have resonated with voters, based on feedback she received.
“I’m excited at being able to move Federal Way forward,” Maloney said Tuesday, noting that she worked hard to engage voters and listen to their concerns. “I communicated as much as I could, every opportunity I got.”
Koppang conceded on Friday.
“I am committed to serving the city of Federal Way in whatever way I can and I am honored by the support I have received this election,” Koppang said in an email to The Mirror. “I look forward to serving our community with Kelly and the rest of the candidates.”
In position 4, incumbent Jeanne Burbidge will win her bid for a fourth term with 67.5 percent of the vote (6,317 as of Thursday) over challenger John Fairbanks, who has about 32.3 percent (3,017).
Burbidge told The Mirror that her experience likely appealed to voters. She said that a lot of work remains, especially for the downtown area, which needs investments like the proposed Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) to bring real economic activity.
“If we don’t, the future can be even more challenging than it already is,” Burbidge said Tuesday.
As of press time, Fairbanks had not conceded.
In position 6, first-time candidate Martin Moore will win the race with about 55.9 percent of the vote (5,167 as of Thursday) over Diana Noble-Gulliford, who has about 44 percent (4,059). Noble-Gulliford was appointed to the position in January to replace Roger Freeman, who was elected to the state Legislature.
Moore said he was thankful that his parents, Allen and Sylvia, adopted him from Bulgaria and raised him in Federal Way with a chance at a better life. Moore, who is a legislative aide to Freeman, has worked on several successful local campaigns over the years. In his campaign, Moore said he “doorbelled” about 8,000 homes and did a better job of connecting with voters.
“I wanted to run because I think we need a different style of leadership,” Moore said Tuesday, noting that voters know he supports the proposed PACC. “I’m eager to get our downtown moving.”
Noble-Gulliford has not conceded the race. On Tuesday, she said that serving on the council was tougher that she thought it would be, and that there was a lot to learn.
“We campaigned really hard,” she said. “I did the best I could for Federal Way.”
Results will be updated daily on the King County Elections website, with final results posted Nov. 26.