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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 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 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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