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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 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 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.
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 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM
Don Davidson, sidelined for health reasons from the Bellevue City Council and his re-election campaign since early April, faces another challenge in the August primary.
Because his campaign failed to meet an official deadline, he won’t have a statement in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet.
Two challengers, Bellevue Parks Board member Lynne Robinson and former state Pharmacy Board member Vandana Slatter, have statements in the pamphlet, which King County Elections has posted online.
Davidson’s campaign adviser, Randy Pepple, said he was connected by computer to King County Elections on the day candidate statements were due and was counting words on Davidson’s statement when the deadline for submissions arrived ”and the computer all of a sudden kicked me off.”
Despite that setback, Pepple said, “I suspect he’ll do just fine in the primary. His competitors are competing for the same base,” he said, each positioning herself as “the most liberal” candidate.
Davidson said Saturday he’s doing fine while undergoing physical therapy following open-heart surgery, and hopes to be back home later this week.
“I’m going to end up in better shape than I’ve been in a couple years,” said Davidson, 73, who was first elected to the City Council in 1983.
Davidson has the advantage of name recognition and strong ties with the business community, which could help him overcome a fundraising gap. He has raised only $3,498 in campaign contributions, while Robinson has raised $36,549 and Slatter $61,602.
Davidson’s re-election would maintain a one-vote council majority that has had strong ties to downtown business interests, including Bellevue Square developer Kemper Freeman Jr.
Earlier this month former state Attorney General Rob McKenna solicited contributions for Davidson, saying in an email he was being targeted “by some of the same Seattle leftist groups which attacked me last year” and people “who insult Bellevue at every opportunity.” McKenna, who lost the governor’s race to Jay Inslee, didn’t identify those groups or individuals.
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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