Sherril Huff leads big in elections chief race; Irons distant second

February 9, 2009

By Staff

Sherril Huff, the appointed incumbent, easily outdistanced a field of six candidates in the Feb. 3 race to fill the first-ever elected post of King County elections director.

Huff had 46 percent of the vote, followed by former Metropolitan King County Councilman David Irons, of Sammamish, with 19 percent, and state Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) with 16 percent. Former banking industry manager Bill Anderson had 8 percent, followed by former Elections Superintendent Julie Kempf with 6 percent, and high school teacher Christopher Clifford with 4 percent.

In November, voters approved an amendment to the King County Charter calling for the election of the county’s top elections official. Previously, the county executive appointed the division leader.

The elections director oversees a permanent staff of 60 and an annual budget of about $20 million. The job pays $146,000 a year.

The election will be certified Feb. 18.

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