(The Middle Sq.) – After three days of counting votes, incumbent Seattle Metropolis Councilmember Dan Strauss has overtaken challenger Pete Hanning for the District 6 seat.
As of the evening of Thursday night, Strauss has 225 extra votes than Hanning, making it too near name the race three days after election day. To this point, 29,283 votes have been collected.
Regardless of the small hole in collected votes, Strauss is now the one incumbent Seattle metropolis councilmember to have the lead. Incumbents Tammy Morales and Andrew Lewis are each dropping to their respective challengers.
Strauss was first elected to the Seattle Metropolis Council District 6 seat in 2019. Previous to that, he served as a senior coverage advisor for former Seattle Metropolis Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, and as a legislative assistant to Sen. David Frockt.
If re-elected, Strauss’ plan for the following time period consists of continuation of funding for inexpensive housing to the tune of no less than $200 million per 12 months, totally funding the Seattle Police Division, increasing the town’s Automobile Outreach Group and scaling up neighborhood homelessness response groups.
Hanning was beforehand a small enterprise proprietor within the Fremont District. One in all Hanning’s top priorities is to extend shelter area and psychological well being and drug remedy packages for homeless folks throughout the metropolis.
District 6 consists of the Fremont, Inexperienced Lake and Ballard Districts. One other one in every of Hanning’s priorities was to improve the town’s ageing infrastructure, together with the variety of bridges particularly in his district.
“Too usually, this type of coverage solely pursuits folks as soon as it is too late, however I’m dedicated to making sure our metropolis finances does not proceed to backlog these essential initiatives,” Hanning mentioned on his marketing campaign web site.
Strauss’ endorsements embrace state Lawyer Basic Bob Ferguson, state Sen. Noel Body and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell.
Hanning’s endorsements embrace Former Seattle Metropolis Councilmembers Sue Donaldson, Margaret Pageier, and Peter Steinbrueck, in addition to the Seattle Occasions.
The Middle Sq. reached out to Strauss for touch upon the newest election outcomes however didn’t obtain a response.