Ang says she’s ready to get to work as port race flips in her favor

The race for Tacoma Port Commissioner, Position 5, witnessed a dramatic flip after Tuesday’s initial results.

Following Friday’s count, Kristin Ang appeared to be headed to victory over Dave Bryant.

In Tuesday’s initial results, Bryant led by 999 votes.

By Friday, the latest ballot count showed Ang well ahead of Bryant by 4,715 votes, a 2.72 percent margin and enough for now not to be in machine or manual recount territory.

Approximately 4,000 ballots are left to be counted countywide.

When reached Friday night, Ang said she was “feeling wonderful and ready to work.”

Ang is set to be a notable addition to the port commission. She has been a vocal critic of Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas project on the Tideflats and other fossil-fuel projects, and is set to bring historic change to a commission that has not seen diversity in its ranks in 101 years.

“It’s a new era for the port and including The Puyallup Tribe,” she told The News Tribune. “We aim to be environmental innovators and leaders.”

“As I have said throughout my campaign, we can have clean air, clean energy and good jobs,” she added.

In the Position 3 race, Deanna Keller maintained her lead since Tuesday’s results and finished the race Friday with a sizable margin, 57.35 percent to Frank Boykin’s 41.97 percent.

On her Facebook campaign page, she posted, “Frank did call to concede which means that I can now claim a victory in this race. Frank, I will carry with me the ideas and thoughts you had for the Port ensuring your voice is not lost.”

In a brief phone interview Friday night, Keller said she’d become good friends with Boykin.

“I intend to carry his message along with me to the port, and I want his supporters to know that,” she said.

Keller also took note of Ang’s apparent victory.

“Kristin has a fresh voice, and I’m looking forward to working with her,” Keller said. “She’s very environmentally savvy and shows a great concern for those issues, and that’s a great thing.”

According to Julie Anderson, Pierce County auditor, there are no races in the county currently in range of a mandatory hand recount.

Three races are in range of a mandatory machine recount: Sumner City Council Position 7, Bethel School District Position 3 and Carbonado Council Position 1.

The next ballot release set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. Results are set to be certified Nov. 26.