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November 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Robinson, Lee win easily, Wallace narrowly ahead in Bellevue council race

UPDATE |8:40 p.m:

Lynne Robinson won big over Vandana Slatter for a seat on the Bellevue City Council.

Robinson, a long-time community activist, had a 63-37 percent lead over Slatter in the Tuesday night vote count.

Kevin Wallace, seeking a second term on the council, held a smaller 51-49 percent lead over Steve Kasner. Mayor Conrad Lee handily defeated Lyndon Heywood, 78 to 22 percent.

Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace reacts to seeing his 51.20% lead in initial results over challenger Steve Kasner as his campaign manager Geneva West holds up her phone to show the results at Eques in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace reacts to seeing his 51.20% lead in initial results over challenger Steve Kasner as his campaign manager Geneva West holds up her phone to show the results at Eques in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Steve Kasner, candidate for Bellevue City Council, talks to supporter Marlene Meyer as initial results show him closely trailing incumbent Kevin Wallace, at his election night watch party at Best Wok in Bellevue. Kasner's wife Anne Bruskland is to the right. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Steve Kasner, candidate for Bellevue City Council, talks to supporter Marlene Meyer as initial results show him closely trailing incumbent Kevin Wallace, at his election night watch party at Best Wok in Bellevue. Kasner’s wife Anne Bruskland is to the right. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

ORIGINAL:

Bellevue voters today will elect at least one new City Council member.

Three seats are up for grabs in today’s general election. Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter are competing to replace Don Davidson, who was first elected to the council 30 years ago but placed third in the top-two primary in August.

City Councilmember Kevin Wallace is competing with Steve Kasner, a neighborhood activist backed by labor unions and the Democratic Party.

And Mayor Conrad Lee faces challenger Lyndon Heywood to keep his seat.

A Kasner victory would wrest control of the council decisively away from the conservative majority that took office four years ago when Wallace, a real-estate executive, and attorney Jennifer Robertson were elected with the backing of downtown business interests.

Without any dramatic political differences separating Robinson and Slatter — who competed for King County Democrats’ endorsement, which Robinson won — they asked voters to decide whose experience and skills best fit the city’s needs.

Robinson, a physical therapist, member and former chair of the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Board and former chair of the city Network on Aging, emphasized her deep community roots and her work to fund parks in downtown, Woodridge and other areas. Slatter, a pharmacist and medical liaison for Amgen, touted her biotech-industry savvy and civic involvement on a broader stage; she was a member of the state Board of Pharmacy and the NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Foundation board before joining the Overlake Hospital Medical Center Foundation board.

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