Labor-endorsed candidates advance in Southwest Washington primary


In Washington’s Aug. 3 primary, all six candidates endorsed by the SW Washington Central Labor Council will go on to the November general election, and five of the six were the top vote-getters. 

Two other candidates endorsed by the Labor Council didn’t appear on the Aug. 3 primary ballot but will be on the ballot in November. Under Washington’s “top two” primary, approved by voters in a 2004 ballot measure, the state’s primary election is a winnowing contest in which all candidates regardless of party preference compete, and the top two vote-getters advance to the November general election. When there are two or fewer candidates, they automatically face off in the general.

In the results tally below, the candidates endorsed by the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council are in bold, followed by the percentage of the total vote they received.


  • Incumbent Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle (68%) will face Earl Bowerman (18%) in November.
  • For City Council Position 1, John Blom (25%) placed second in a four-way race and will face Kim Harless (38%) 
  • For City Council Position 2, incumbent Eric Paulsen (76%) will face challenger Kara Tess (13%).
  • For City Council Position 3, Diana Perez (51%) will face David Gellatly (26%) 


  • For Board Position 2, incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega (34%) will face Michelle Belkot (33%).
  • For Board Position 3 incumbent Wendy Smith (53%) will face Jorge Bailey (33%).


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