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BELLEVUE neighborhoods and community life are evolving and changing faster than the Bellevue City Council, but two years of fighting over the future of light rail might have had a therapeutic effect.

If the personnel does not change, their attitudes might have.

In Council Position No. 4, the Times is stepping back from its primary endorsement of Steve Kasner to support incumbent Kevin Wallace’s bid for a second term.

Kasner has a solid résumé of local experience, but a video of him making some divisive comments about his future colleagues
suggest he might not be a force for unity.

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Though Wallace has had his own videotaped bouts of intemperate behavior with council colleagues, he seems to have learned and changed his approach. Significantly, Wallace has recommendations from prominent Democrats and Republicans and deserves another chance to live up to his “outstanding” rating from the Municipal League. Kasner was rated “adequate.”

The City Council suffered through two years of fighting over light rail, almost to the exclusion of other topics. Now the path is open for serious attention to neighborhood issues.

Lynne Robinson’s experience and skills will be a strong addition to the Council. She is the choice for Position No. 6 over opponent Vandana Slatter.

Robinson is a prepared, capable replacement for incumbent Don Davidson, who lost in the primary.

For Position No. 2, incumbent Conrad Lee is endorsed over challenger Lyndon Heywood, whose enthusiasm for public service does not compensate for a lack of preparation.

Bellevue has a full agenda with land-use reviews, selection of a new city manager, transportation planning, finance and changing neighborhoods.

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