While there has been plenty of media coverage surrounding SeaTac Proposition #1 (the Good Jobs initiative) and the contest between Kshama Sawant and Richard Conlin for Seattle City Council, there’s another very close race of significance that hasn’t received as much attention: Bellevue City Council Position 4.
The contest pits Democrat Steve Kasner, an activist, against Republican Kevin Wallace, a developer. Wallace started off ahead on Election Night and has remained in first place throughout the vote-counting, but his lead is shrinking.
On Tuesday, Wallace had 51.20% of the vote and a three hundred and eighty-two vote lead. As of tonight, his lead has been cut down to two hundred and twenty-two, and his share of the vote is only 50.37%.
Kasner won 54.43% of the ballots that were added to the tally this evening, which is impressive. Now the question is, will the trend continue?
And even if it does, will Kasner be able to catch Wallace? He needs to have a good day on Tuesday if he is to overtake Wallace. King County Elections reports it has received 33,971 ballots back from Bellevue residents as of today. Of these, 33,108 have been either counted or are ready for counting (meaning they’ve undergone signature verification). So there are a few more ballots to be processed.
It’s significant that Kasner went from being four hundred and nine votes down to two hundred and twenty-two votes down in one day. He has certainly narrowed the gap. But he’s running out of time to close it. We’ll see if he does.
For now, this is one race that is too close to call.