Battle between Love and Johnson headed to recount


It appears that the race for one seat on Tacoma City Council will be need a recount to determine who will advance to the general election in November.

Results of the primary election were certified on Aug. 20. In the race for at-large position 7, currently held by Councilmember Connor McCarthy, he came in first place with 14,039 votes, or 53.35 percent. Courtney Love is sitting in a distant second place with 6,101 votes, or 23.18 percent, with Brett Johnson having received 6,089 votes, or 23.14 percent.

The threshold to trigger a manual hand recount is when the difference is less than one-quarter of one percent. This would fall within the threshold of a machine recount, which is one half of 1 percent.

McCarthy leads in the fundraising category, having raised more than $65,000 so far. Love has raised a bit more than $3,241, while Johnson has not reported any contributions with the state Public Disclosure Commission. A candidate has no legal requirement to raise or spend money on his or her campaign.

McCarthy and his eventual opponent are scheduled to face each other in a debate on Sept. 4, hosted by City Club of Tacoma. Candidates for the other three Council positions have also been invited. John Hines and Nathe Lawver are running for the District 1 seat currently held by Councilmember Anders Ibsen. Councilmember Keith Blocker faces challenger David Combs in District 3. For the at-large position 7 seat, currently held by Councilmember Ryan Mello, the candidates are Kristina Walker and John O’Loughlin. Ibsen and Mello are prohibited from running again this year due to term limits. The moderator for the City Club debate will be Matt Martinez, director of content for the local National Public Radio affiliate KNKX. He served as project manager for the “Save KPLU” campaign, which saved the local station. The debate will be held in Upper Marshall Hall on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the debate to follow at 6:45 p.m. For more information on tickets, send e-mail to

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