Sara Nelson, Nikkita Oliver leading in Seattle City Council Position 9 race
Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver are leading in the race for Seattle City Council Position 9 in the primary election. With Wednesday’s updated results, Oliver has maintained the lead she took Monday over Nelson, garnering 40.16% and 39.49% of the vote, respectively.
Trailing behind Nelson and Oliver is Brianna Thomas with 13.43% of the vote, followed by Corey Eichner at 3.53%. No other candidate currently has more than 2% of votes.
Sara Nelson — who holds a doctorate in anthropology — co-founded Fremont Brewery with her husband in 2009, while also serving as a legislative advisor for former Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin. She previously ran for Seattle’s Position 8 at-large council seat in 2017, placing third in that primary behind Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant.
Nikkita Oliver has long worked as a progressive activist and organizer in Seattle, founding the Seattle Peoples Party as part of a campaign for mayor in 2017. After placing third in the mayoral primary behind Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, Oliver went on to serve as the executive director for Creative Justice.
Incumbent Position 9 Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez announced in February that she would not be running for re-election, to instead focus on a campaign for Seattle mayor.
For more information on candidates for the Position 9 seat, head to this link.