In the largest field among three Pierce County Council races, two Tacoma Democrats – state Rep. Connie Ladenburg and real estate agent Sharon Benson – were advancing for the District 4 seat.
Benson was edging out University Place Mayor Ken Grassi, a Republican, who was finishing third in the race to represent Fircrest, University Place and much of Tacoma. University Place council member Chris Nye, another Republican, was a distant fourth.
At stake is the position that will be vacated by term-limited Tim Farrell, D-Tacoma. Ladenburg represents the 29th District in the Legislature.
In District 2, incumbent Republican Joyce McDonald, the council chairwoman, was advancing along with Republican challenger and Edgewood Mayor Jeff Hogan. McDonald held a large lead over Hogan.
Puyallup auctioneer and real estate agent J.R. Wikane, another Republican, was losing by a large margin in third place.
District 2 includes Puyallup, Sumner, Fife, Northeast Tacoma, Milton and Edgewood.
In District 3, two veteran state legislators – Marilyn Rasmussen, D-Eatonville and state Rep. Jim McCune, R- Graham, were advancing to represent a region that stretches from Spanaway and Frederickson to Graham, Eatonville and Ashford at Mount Rainier.
Rasmussen was narrowly ahead of McCune.
The race marks the return of Rasmussen. She was unseated in 2008 after 22 years as a state legislator.
Rasmussen lost to McCune two years ago when she ran for the state House in the 2nd Legislative District.
They are competing to fill the seat that will be vacated by term-limited Roger Bush, R-Frederickson.
Corey Drury, a Spanaway Republican who works as an engineer for a Sumner baking company, was losing by a large margin in third place.
In the race for the District 6 seat where both candidates automatically advance to the general election, Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, a Republican, led Anderson Island resident Ann Dasch, a Democrat.
They will face off in November to replace term-limited Republican Dick Muri of Steilacoom. District 6 includes Lakewood, Steilacoom, west Parkland, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and DuPont.
The primary also served as a test run in the race for Pierce County Executive where both candidates automatically advance to the November election.
Incumbent County Executive Pat McCarthy, a Democrat, held a large lead over Bruce Minker, a corrections deputy at the Pierce County Jail. Minker, president of the union for Pierce County corrections deputies, chose to run without a party preference.