McDermott scores big in county council race; Fitzgibbon and Heavey to face off in House race

Sen. Joe McDermott will face political newcomer Diana Toledo in the race for the King County Council District 8 seat, results from the Aug. 17 primary show.

According to King County’s most recent eclection returns, McDermott garnered just over 60 percent of the votes counted in last Tuesday’s primary, while Diana Toledo, a former county licensing official, received 19 percent.

Shawn McEvoy received 13 percent and Tim Fahey received 7 percent.

Joe Fitzgibbon and Mike Heavey, meanwhile, each earned spots in November’s general election race for the 34th District state House seat, with less than two percentage points separating their results. Fitzgibbon, a 23-year-old former aide to Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-Maury Island), garnered 34.47 percent of the counted votes, while Heavey, an aide to County Councilwoman Jan Drago, received 32.65 percent.

Geoffrey McElroy received almost 18 percent and Marcee Stone received 14 percent.

Nelson, who currently holds the House seat, ran unopposed for the Senate, garnering over 95 percent of the vote. Nelson is seeking the seat McDermott is vacating in his bid for the $127,000-a-year county council position.

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