Rep. Skip Priest was leading Jim Ferrell tonight in the race to become Federal Way’s first elected mayor, according to King County Elections returns.
The winner will lead the state’s ninth-largest city, population 88,760. The job pays an annual salary of $112,800.
During the campaign, Ferrell and Priest wrangled over who has the leadership and experience Federal Way needs.
Ferrell, 44, led the campaign to switch to a strong, elected mayor, which voters approved last year. He has been a City Council member since 2004. He supervises the domestic violence court unit for the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Priest, R-Federal Way, is in his fourth term as a representative from the 30th Legislative District.
The 60-year-old Priest served on the Federal Way City Council from 1992-97, the last two years as the council-elected mayor.
Priest finished first ahead of Ferrell in the August primary. City Council members Linda Kochmar – the current council-appointment mayor – and Mike Park finished third and fourth.