Future port commissioner?
Future port commissioner? chris rosa

Ryan Calkins, a political newcomer and former importer who now works for a nonprofit, may secure a seat on the Port of Seattle Commission.

After trailing in the first two days of returns, Calkins has now taken a slim lead over incumbent John Creighton. As of today's ballot drop, Calkins leads by just .02 percent and 98 votes.

Conventional wisdom says late ballots skew progressive, meaning Calkins could hold on to or widen that lead in coming days.

While Calkins won support from the Sierra club, Creighton out-fundraised him with the help of Delta, Alaska Airlines, BNSF, and billionaire Trump supporter Martin Selig. Calkins has called for electrifying the port vehicle fleet, making port taxes more progressive, and preserving industrial lands in Sodo. In a year with three Port seats on the ballot, he's the only progressive challenger who still has a shot at winning.

See more of the latest King County ballot returns here.