Cellis leads Sutherland to challenge DelBene in November

Pedro Cellis and Rep. Suzan DelBene - Reporter file photo
Pedro Cellis and Rep. Suzan DelBene
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The Washington state 2014 primary election took place Aug. 5 and there are very few surprises for races that impact Northshore residents. The results, however, maybe a barometer for the general election.

The most hotly contested race was to see who, out of the six challengers, would take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District during the general election. To no one’s surprise, DelBene is garnering the top spot in the top-two primary with 51 percent of the vote. Two Republicans lead the rest of the pack, as Microsoft engineer Pedro Celis is beating as biochemist Robert J. Sutherland by a little more than 900 votes, 16.41-15.63 percent. In early returns Sutherland held a narrow lead but it swung in Celis’ direction late last week. In a distant fourth place is John Orlinski with 10 percent.

The closest of the primary battles involve Bothell races, as 1st District Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace) is leading his republican challenger, Edward J. Barton (R-Mill Creek), 44-43 percent. But a third candidate, democrat Dave Griffin, is pulling in 12 percent of the vote. Griffin will likely not make it to the general election. Rep. Derek Stanford is running unopposed.

The 46th District primary involving Kenmore has less competitive races. State Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) leads his challenger, Van Sperry (R-Kenmore), 79-21 percent and State Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) is leading Branden Curtis (R-Shoreline), 82-18 percent. No other candidates are running in these races and all will advance to the general election. Rep. Gerry Pollet is running unopposed.

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