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November 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Wallace declares victory in Bellevue City Council race

Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace declared victory today in his bid for a second term as challenger Steve Kasner’s prospects faded. Wallace held a 201-vote lead over Kasner with 33,715 vote-by-mail ballots counted. Wallace had 50.23 percent of the vote to Kasner’s 49.54 — numbers that changed little from earlier counts. Based on King County Elections ballot return statistics released…

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November 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Wallace lead over Kasner shrinks slightly in Bellevue council race

Bellevue City Councilman Kevin Wallace lost some ground but still led challenger Steve Kasner by 185 votes Friday. Although Kasner narrowed Wallace’s lead by 16 votes, figures from King County Elections suggest fewer than 2,000 votes remain to be counted and Kasner would need to win a significantly higher percentage of those votes in order to win. Wallace led…

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November 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Kasner further erodes Wallace’s lead for Bellevue council

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…

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November 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Black Diamond development critics win in landslide

For the second time since the Black Diamond City Council welcomed two massive planned communities that will transform the small town, voters have rebelled, electing development critics by huge margins. Dave Gordon won the mayor’s job Tuesday after saying he would make sure developer YarrowBay pays city costs associated with The Villages and Lawson Hills projects. He…

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November 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Ad spending for Bellevue’s Wallace reported late

The National Association of Realtors Fund belatedly reported spending $36,200 for political ads supporting Bellevue City Councilmember Kevin Wallace’s re-election campaign. Phil Stutzman, compliance director for the state Public Disclosure Commission, said the Realtors filed electronic reports today for $76,000 worth of direct mail, phone calls and online advertising first presented to voters October 11 in…

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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…

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November 5, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Klein, Ryan, Somers leading in Snohomish County Council races

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Republican Ken Klein and Democrat Terry Ryan held leads in their races for open seats on the Snohomish County Council Tuesday night. Democratic incumbent Dave Somers, seeking a third consecutive term, led Republican Chris Vallo 57 to 42 percent. Klein led Democrat Bill Blake 54 to 45 percent, and Ryan was ahead of Republican Robert Reedy 62…

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September 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Bellevue’s Robinson distances self from Kasner’s Democratic “tsunami” comment

Bellevue City Council candidate Lynne Robinson is putting daylight between herself and Steve Kasner, saying she believes in keeping the council nonpartisan. Kasner, who is running for another council seat, said in a surreptitiously videotaped comment to a Democratic gathering last month that he wants to be part of a Democratic “tsunami” on the Eastside. Robinson said…

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September 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Flap over Bellevue council candidate’s call for Democratic ‘tsunami’

Bellevue City Council candidate Steve Kasner, a Democrat, told a recent Democratic Party gathering he wants to be part of a “tsunami” that sweeps out a Republican majority on the officially nonpartisan council and helps turn the Eastside “absolutely blue.” Kasner’s opponent, incumbent Kevin Wallace, has seized upon the recorded remarks as proof that Kasner is…

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