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.”