Bellevue City Council candidate Steve Kasner gained ground on Kevin Wallace today but still remained 172 votes behind the incumbent.
The outcome remained in question as Kasner continued to win a majority of the dwindling number of ballots remaining to be counted.
King County Elections reported 2,777 ballots are ready to be counted and another 863 have been received from voters but haven’t been verified for counting.
Wallace leads with 50.25 percent to Kasner’s 49.59 percent.
Wallace, president of Wallace Properties, was first elected to the council in 2009 and is seeking a second term. Kasner, a substitute private-school teacher, is chair of the East Bellevue Community Council.
Fewer than half of Bellevue’s 74,274 voters participated in the election, which already moved the council in a more liberal direction when longtime Council member Don Davidson was knocked out in the primary and Parks Board member Lynne Robinson defeated Vandana Slatter in the general election.
Wallace, who fought Sound Transit for two years over its planned light-rail route, was backed by the King County Republican Party. Kasner took back his comment made to a partisan gathering that he hoped to create a Democratic majority on the non-partisan council.