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Priest leads Ferrell for Federal Way mayor; neither says race is over

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
November 3, 2010 12:03 am
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Rep. Skip Priest was leading Jim Ferrell in the race to become Federal Way’s first elected mayor.

But neither Priest nor Ferrell said the race is over.

“I think it’s a very good start,” said Priest, R-Federal Way. “I think we should have a fairly good idea by (Wednesday).”

Ferrell didn’t concede but pledged to support Priest.

“Skip is a tremendously well-known figure in Federal Way,” said Ferrell, a Federal Way City Council member since 2004. “He’s done a great amount of work in the community. I think the vote reflects that.”

The 60-year-old Priest, a former Federal Way City Council member and council-elected mayor, is in his fourth term as a representative from the 30th Legislative District.

Ferrell, 44, led the campaign to switch to a strong, elected mayor, which voters approved last year.

Ferrell said he was disappointed – to a point – to be losing after leading the campaign for an elected mayor.

“This was never just about me,” Ferrell said. “This is about the future of Federal Way.”

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