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Next Seattle Mayor Depends on Absentee Ballots

Ruby de Luna
11/07/2001

It might be weeks before Seattle voters know for certain who will be the city’s next mayor. Election results show King County Council Member Greg Nickels leading City Attorney Mark Sidran (54 percent to 46 percent). But as KUOW’s Ruby de Luna reports, many absentee ballots have yet to be counted.

MARK SIDRAN HOPES THAT THE THOUSANDS OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS WILL TAKE HIM OVER THE TOP WHEN THE FINAL RESULTS COME IN. CALLING HIMSELF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND KID, SIDRAN SAYS HE’S PLEASED TO HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR TO THE GENERAL ELECTION… We ran strong in the absentees in the primary, we’re running strong in the absentees in this race as well and we’re just going to have wait and see until more votes are counted. IN HIS CAMPAIGN, SIDRAN CRITICIZED NICKELS’ WORK ON SOUND TRANSIT… SPECIFICALLY FOR FAILING TO SAVE THE LIGHT RAIL PROJECT FROM COST OVERRUNS. NICKELS, ON THE OTHER HAND, ACCUSES SIDRAN OF BEING DIVISIVE. THE COUNTY COUNCILMAN CAMPAIGNED ON MAINTAINING THE SEATTLE WAY OF COMING TO A CONSENSUS THROUGH PROCESS AND INCLUSION. AT HIS ELECTION PARTY LAST NIGHT, NICKELS STOPPED SHORT OF DECLARING A VICTORY. BUT ALREADY, HE’S MAKING PLANS TO MOVE INTO CITY HALL… We’re going to start working on getting ready for January 1st, and the transition. It’s not too early to start thinking about that, at this point it’s just thinking about it, until all the numbers come in and all the votes get counted. IT COULD BE DAYS, EVEN WEEKS BEFORE ALL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED. WITH NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF THE VOTERS CASTING THEIR BALLOTS BY MAIL, KING COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS DON’T EXPECT TO HAVE THE FINAL NUMBERS UNTIL THANKSGIVING WEEK. I’M RUBY DE LUNA, KUOW 94.9 PUBLIC RADIO.
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