Topic: Bellevue City Council
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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 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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 Kasner 50.22 percent to 49.56 percent after Friday’s count.
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.
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 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Bellevue City Councilman Don Davidson’s chances of re-election dimmed further today as Vandana Slatter widened her lead for the second straight day in the top-two primary.
Slatter and Davidson are competing to face Lynne Robinson in the general election. Robinson took 48 percent of the primary vote.
Slatter was 244 votes ahead of Davidson after Friday afternoon’s vote count. She had 26.4 percent of the vote to Davidson’s 25.2 percent.
Despite his fading prospects for re-election, Davidson said he wasn’t prepared to concede.
“Obviously we aren’t going in the right direction, as far as the reported count,” he said. “But on the other hand there’s more to be counted, and I’m not willing to throw it in.”
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 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Vandana Slatter, already in record fundraising territory for a Bellevue City Council primary, threw more of her own money into the contest on the eve of the election.
Slatter on Monday reported to the state Public Disclosure Commission that she had put another $26,304 of personal funds into the campaign, bringing her total stake to $72,756, including a $5,000 loan.
Slatter, an Amgen senior regional medical liaison, is challenging longtime City Councilmember Don Davidson in a three-way race that also includes city Parks Board Chair Lynne Robinson.
Slatter has reported raising $121,045, Robinson $52,968 and Davidson $30,538.
June 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Veteran Bellevue City Councilmember Don Davidson, sidelined for two months because of health issues, has ramped up his re-election campaign with support from former Attorney General Rob McKenna.
In an email to likely Davidson supporters, McKenna asked for contributions, warning, “This year our ‘Dr. Don’ is being targeted for defeat by some of the same Seattle leftist groups which attacked me last year. Now, you may ask yourself why people who insult Bellevue at every opportunity would want to help us pick our next city council – what is their agenda for the city?”
McKenna, a Bellevue resident and Republican gubernatorial candidate who lost last fall to Democrat Jay Inslee, didn’t identify which outside forces are making “negative attacks” on Davidson, who has served on the council since 1984 with only a two-year break.
Lynne Robinson, a member of the city Parks Board and Network on Aging, and Vandana Slatter, a member of the state Pharmacy Board, are running against Davidson. The challengers have raised $34,100 and $61,552, respectively.
Davidson, who has been excused from attending council meetings for the past two months while undergoing and then recovering from open-heart surgery, reported his first $3,498 in contributions to the state Public Disclosure Commission Monday.
His political adviser, Randy Pepple, said he expects Davidson to return to the council and campaigning at the end of June or early July. “He will indeed be able to aggressively run and to serve if re-elected,” Pepple said Tuesday.
Pepple was McKenna’s campaign manager last fall.
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