Incumbent Kathy Lambert leads Sarah Perry and Joe Cohen in the King County Council District 3 primary as of 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 3.
Thus far, the county has tallied 28,571 ballots, which is about 17% of the registered voters in District 3. Lambert currently has 11,277 votes, followed by Perry with 9,285 and Cohen with 6,562.
The two candidates with the most votes will move on to the general election in November. The county will continue to count ballots throughout the week.
The county District 3 position represents residents from the northeastern part of King County — including Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City. The third district is the largest of the nine districts.
Lambert is seeking her sixth term on council and has held the third district seat since 2001. She is challenged by Cohen, a telecommunications attorney, and Perry, a political consulting firm owner.
This is one of the most competitive races for the District 3 position since Lambert has contested the seat. In her five previous efforts, she ran unopposed in three and handily won the other two, with almost 60% of the vote in each.
Ballots for the general election will be mailed beginning Oct. 13, 2021.