November 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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 Sunday night, today’s vote count left only 759 more ballots, many of them challenged because of unverified signatures or other problems.
Wallace said he had not heard from Kasner, for whom victory appeared to be “out of reach.”
“I’m excited to be re-elected and have the opportunity to serve the city for another four years,” Wallace said, “and I look forward to continuing our efforts at finding common ground-solutions for all the people of Bellevue.”
Kasner, a substitute teacher and chair of the East Bellevue Community Council, could not be reached for comment.
November 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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.
November 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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 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.
September 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM
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 excessively partisan. Wallace, a Republican, has landed some important Democratic endorsements.
A portion of Kasner’s remarks to a well-attended Aug. 21 meeting of the 41st District Democrats, has been posted on You Tube by “Bob Smith.”
“I am only part of the tsunami that is going to rain down on those who do not have Democratic values,” Kasner declares in the two-minute video. “We have the opportunity to turn the purple Eastside absolutely blue.”
If he and another Democrat, Lynne Robinson, are elected, Kasner continues, “for the first time in the history of the city of Bellevue, it will be a Democratic majority.” Robinson is running for an open seat against Vandana Slatter, who unsuccessfully sought the King County Democrats’ endorsement that Robinson won.
Kasner also says in the video he was pleased that “none of the Neanderthals” on the council was on the way to re-election without an opponent.
Wallace said of Kasner’s remarks, “I think the voters in Bellevue don’t want partisanship on the City Council. . . . What they want is decisions that make their community more viable, and a fiscally responsible council. That’s what they have now.”
Kasner, chair of the East Bellevue Community Council, offered an apology for some of his language, including the word Neanderthals. ”I apologize for some of the word choices I used in a partisan environment,” he said, ”but the sentiment — fighting an incumbent from the perspective of where he and his supporters come from — is not something that I apologize for.”
August 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Bellevue City Council candidate Vandana Slatter picked up a major endorsement today from longtime Councilmember Don Davidson.
Slatter, who edged out Davidson in the top-two primary, will face Lynne Robinson in the November general election.
“It is important that our city government stay balanced, nonpartisan, and focused on the needs of citizens,” Davidson said in a news release issued by Slatter’s campaign. “Vandana Slatter is an independent thinker with the thoughtful approach needed to work collaboratively and effectively on the Council, to protect what makes Bellevue special.”
Davidson also said Slatter’s experience in the biotech industry would help her support economic growth in the city of 130,000.
Davidson, who garnered 25 percent of the vote, conceded his defeat last week. Robinson, a member of the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Board, won the primary with 48 percent, followed by Slatter, with 26 percent. Slatter, an Amgen medical liaison and Overlake Hospital Foundation trustee, spent more than $100,000 in the primary, a record for a Bellevue campaign.
August 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM
Bellevue City Councilman Don Davidson on Friday conceded defeat in the primary race for his Position 6 seat to opponents Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter, citing results that left him in third place by just over 1 percentage point.
Robinson leads the race, carrying nearly half the 21,486 votes counted. Davidson, who has served on the council for 27 years, has 25.2 percent of the votes to Slatter’s 26.3 percent. Votes have been tallied for the past week.
“It’s clear that the election has been decided,” Davidson said in a news release.
The former Bellevue mayor pledged to continue to work for safety, environmentalism and low property taxes for the rest of his term on the council.
“It’s important that our city government stays nonpartisan and focused on the needs of our citizens,” he said, “and I hope to see that approach in the upcoming general election.”
August 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Bellevue City Council candidate Vandana Slatter gained ground Thursday over incumbent Don Davidson in their contest for second place in a three-way council primary.
Slatter, an Amgen medical liaison who set a primary campaign-fundraising record in her largely self-funded campaign, widened her lead over Davidson to 207 votes, the largest number since the first votes were counted Tuesday.
Lynne Robinson, a physical therapist and city Parks Board chair, won the top-two primary with 48 percent of the vote. Slatter had 26.4 percent and Davidson 25.3 percent in the Thursday count.
Davidson, a dentist and former mayor who was first elected to the City Council in 1983, got a slow start in the campaign because of illness and then missed a deadline to submit material for inclusion in the King County Voters’ Pamphlet.
August 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM
Don Davidson narrowed Vandana Slatter’s already slender lead in the contest for the second position in the top-two primary for Bellevue City Council Wednesday afternoon.
Slatter holds an 88-vote lead over Davidson, down from her 142-vote advantage in Tuesday results.
Lynne Robinson, the primary victor, is more than 3,500 votes ahead of the other two candidates, with just under 48 percent of the total vote.
Davidson, a council member for most of the past 29 years, got off to a slow start in the race because of illness and, due to a campaign glitch, didn’t submit material in time for inclusion in the King County Voters’ Pamphlet.
Slatter, a senior regional medical liaison for Amgen, raised $121,000 in campaign funds — $72,000 of it from herself — in setting a funding record for a Bellevue City Council primary.
Robinson, a physical therapist and chair of the Bellevue Parks and Human Services Board, said she and her husband knocked on the doors of 5,000 voters’ homes.
August 6, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Compiled from staff reports
State Sen. Ed Murray and incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn emerged from a crowded primary field Tuesday and appear headed for a General Election showdown come November.
Seattle’s mayoral frontrunners headlined a primary election ballot in King County with few surprises after initial ballot counts Tuesday.
Murray, who garnered more than 30 percent of Tuesday’s counts, is leading McGinn by nearly three percentage points with still about half of all votes to be tallied.
Murray, speaking to supporters at the Crocodile Cafe late Tuesday, said the real race had only just begun.
“One thing is clear from today’s results: The people of Seattle want new leadership,” he said. (more…)
August 6, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Lynne Robinson took a huge lead over incumbent Don Davidson and big-spending candidate Vandana Slatter in a race for Bellevue City Council.
Slatter, a political newcomer, held a narrow lead in Tuesday returns over Davidson, a longtime councilmember and former mayor whose campaign got off to a slow start due to illness.
Robinson, chair of the city Parks Board and a longtime civic activist, won a commanding 48 percent of the vote, followed by Slatter with 26.3 percent and Davidson with 25.4. The top two vote getters will move on to the November election.
In the other City Council primary, incumbent Kevin Wallace and East Bellevue Community Council Chair Steve Kasner cruised to clear victories over poorly funded candidates Bill Hirt and Jeffrey Talada.
Wallace won took 46 percent of the vote, Kasner 42 percent.
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