teacher Steve Bergquist is headed to the general election for House District 11, Position 2.
Bergquist, a Democrat, received 28 percent of the vote.
Republican Sarah Sanoy-Wright maintained her second-place position, with 24.5 percent of the vote, according to updated primary election results released Wednesday by King County Elections.
Just 1.5 percentage points, or 208 votes, behind her was Democrat Stephanie Bowman, with nearly 23 percent. (Their ranking didn't change from Tuesday's first batch of results.)
Sanoy-Wright, a small-business owner, said in an email Wednesday to Patch, "I am pleased with the results and congratulate all candidates in District 11 to a very close race. We have lots of work in the coming months."
Bergquist and Sanoy-Wright emerged from a crowded field of five candidates vying for the seat vacated by Rep. Bob Hasegawa, who is running for state Senate.
Bergquist said Wednesday he was very happy with the results and thanked his volunteer campaign team.
“It’s such a community-based, grass-roots effort, and we overcame a mountain of money,” he said, referring to the $300,000 spent in the campaign by all candidates.
Bergquist’s campaign spent $40,474, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission, while Sanoy-Wright spent a mere $1,728. Renton dentist Bobby Virk spent the most, pouring in about $200,000.
Bergquist, a 12th-grade contemporary world issues teacher and tennis coach, said he would focus on education, jobs and health care. “They’re all going to be important,” he said.
Here are the District 11 results released Wednesday by King County Elections:
House District 11, Pos. 2Candidate Vote Total Vote % Steve Bergquist 3,772
Sarah Sanoy-Wright 3,275
Stephanie Bowman 3,067
The top two finishers advance to the general election. King County will release new election results at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Also Wednesday, the support for the Cedar River library held steady with 76 percent in favor. (Patch will have a separate story on that later Wednesday.)
Here are updated results Wednesday from other Renton races. Both candidates in each race advance to the general election.Senate 11 Vote Total Vote % Bob Hasegawa 9,182 67.98
Kristin Thompson 4,304
House 11, Pos. 1
Zack Hudgins 7,819
Jim Flynn 3,370
House 33, Pos. 1
Tina Orwall 9,602
Will Benge 3,796
House 37, Pos. 2
Eric Pettigrew 12,480
Tamra Smilanich 2,103
Steve Litzow 11,939
Maureen Judge 8,775
House 41, Pos. 1
Marcie Maxwell 11,732
Tim Eaves 8,875