Kathy Moore, a former Supreme Court judge, has defeated ChrisTiana Obey Sumner

The Seattle Times declared the race on Tuesday night. With the expected turnout in King County, around 16,500 votes remain to be counted. According to an analysis by The Seattle Times, Obey Sumner would need to win 68% of those votes to catch up to Moore's result.

The pre-election race in District 5 is one of seven seats on the Seattle City Council that are up for grabs this year, and one of four where there is no incumbent.

"For me, it's a great honor and privilege to get this vote of confidence from the District 5 voters," Moore said. "And I am committed to moving forward in implementing the vision that I've articulated and that they've essentially given me a mandate to implement, which is focusing on public safety, focusing on addressing homelessness, and focusing on addressing affordability in our community."

Matthew Lang, a consultant for Obey Sumner, noted a significant disparity on Tuesday.

"I think the amount of ableism, racism, and honestly, slander that has been spread in this race probably contributed to this, and obviously, District 5 isn't ready to accept a true progressive candidate they want to see," Lang said.

The winner will replace City Council President Deborah Juarez, who opted not to run for a third term.

Moore, who received the endorsement of Mayor Bruce Harrell, leaned more towards a moderate course of Seattle's liberal politics, while Obey Sumner represented a more progressive left-wing agenda.

They differed on their plans for police management: Moore advocated for reforms in the department but said she needed more officers, while Obey Sumner called for a complete overhaul. Moore also supported a recent city ordinance adopting a state law that allows the city prosecutor to decline to prosecute drug possession and use in public places. Obey Sumner opposed prosecuting drug use, saying there aren't enough jail beds to make new arrests.

Both candidates acknowledged that Seattle would likely need more tax revenue to fund their priorities.

Both candidates spoke about their experience, albeit in different ways.

At 63, Moore highlighted decades of work in government and politics, including time as a public defender, a clerk for a Lummi tribal judge, interim city clerk, legislative aide, and a King County Superior Court judge.

Obey Sumner, at 37, emphasized their "lived experience" of how policy works and affects people in real life. They founded and run a consulting firm specializing in social justice and disability issues.

Both candidates raised just over $100,000, though Moore's total includes about $20,000 of her own money.

Moore garnered support from both business and labor political committees. An independent committee funded by business and real estate spent more than $160,000 on advertising supporting Moore, and local hotel workers' unions spent about $16,000 supporting her.

Moore was endorsed by Harrell, Juarez, and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Obey Sumner was endorsed by King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, and State Representative Darcy Farivar.