Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sarah Perry wins a seat on the King County Council, ending Katy Lambert’s 20-year tenure.

Sarah Perry, a former head of the University of Seattle, won a seat on the King’s County Council, ousting longtime incumbent Katy Lambert.

Perry led the way with more than 55% of the vote after Thursday’s vote count in the constituency representing the suburban and rural northeastern corner of the county.

Percentages have remained largely unchanged since Tuesday, although thousands more ballots were counted. The Seattle Times announced a race for Perry Thursday afternoon.

Lambert’s campaign was turned upside down last month when a political newsletter she sent out was widely denounced as racist, including by most of her fellow councilors. She originally defended a mailing list set up by a national Republican consulting firm before apologizing and losing her committee chairmanship when her supporters fled.

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Lambert has rarely attracted serious contenders since she first won her seat in 2001, but Perry won money from her this year.

The County Council seats are technically non-partisan, but Perry is a Democrat and Lambert is a Republican. The results mean that the council will shift further to the left, from a 6-3 Democratic majority to a 7-2.

Perry has been an active advocate for transportation and the environment, saying she will work to improve public transportation in Suburban and Rural Municipal District 3, which stretches from Redmond and Sammamish to the Cascades.

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