Lacey City Council incumbent Jeff Gadman was winning Tuesday night and appeared to be on his way to a third term.
Gadman had captured nearly 60 percent of early returns, while challenger Bill Frare was trailing with about 41 percent of the vote. More votes will be counted this week as mailed ballots arrive at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
Gadman said Tuesday that his ability to work across ideological lines resonated with voters, such as his work on homelessness, criminal justice and attracting businesses to Lacey.
“I’m working to make Lacey a better place to live,” he said.
Frare was disappointed in the early results but still content, he said, adding that he campaigned hard all summer. He had won the support of Lacey City Councilman Lenny Greenstein, who ran unopposed in the general election.
“I left nothing on the table and I’m content with the effort,” Frare said. “The results are what they are.”
Gadman is a longtime employee in the Thurston County Assessor’s Office. Frare works for the state Department of Enterprise Services. It was Frare’s first run for elected office.
Gadman’s political career on the council began with an appointment to a vacant seat, followed by an election win in November 2011.
Frare said Tuesday he wasn’t sure whether he would run for elected office again, but he said he’s still interested in giving back to the community.
“I’ll find different ways to do that,” he said.