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December 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Recount: Stokes wins Bellevue City Council seat

It’s John Stokes.

Stokes was elected to the Bellevue City Council Friday, defeating Aaron Laing by 54 votes in a manual recount.

That was an increase of three votes over Stokes’ machine tally among 35,867 ballots. King County Elections said in a statement that technology has reduced but not eliminated errors. “We are still dependent upon people to perform tasks in coordination with technology.”

Stokes received 49.93 percent of the vote, Laing 49.76 and write-ins 0.31.

A longtime member of committees supporting Bellevue schools and parks, Stokes will replace Grant Degginger, who did not run for re-election. Stokes will become part of a council minority that has supported Sound Transit’s light-rail plans and that wants the city to fund road improvements to support redevelopment of the Bel-Red commercial district.

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