In the race for an Issaquah City Council seat, former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry leads Councilman Bill Conley by 21 votes out of 5,158...

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In the race for an Issaquah City Council seat, former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry leads Councilman Bill Conley by 21 votes out of 5,158 cast, less than one-half of 1 percent.

“With that lead, I’m pretty comfortable,” said McCarry, who led by just three votes at one point after the Nov. 8 general election. “But the county hasn’t said I’m the winner. They’re the ones I have to rely on.”

That race is among three in King County that are headed for mandatory recounts, while candidates in other close races claimed victory by thin margins after the results of the election were certified Tuesday.

A machine recount will be conducted Friday for races for the Issaquah and Shoreline city councils, with certification expected by 4 p.m. A race in Federal Way will require a hand recount.

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Machine recounts are required by state law if one candidate leads by fewer than 2,000 votes and by less than one-half of 1 percent of the votes cast. Manual recounts are done when the spread is under 150 votes and one-quarter of 1 percent of votes cast.

In Bothell, Mayor Pat Ewing won re-election despite changing seats.

Ewing gave up his place in Position 1 and filed against Jeff Merrill, a longtime council member, because he said he believed it was time for Merrill to go.

The strategy proved effective, with Ewing winning Position 5 by more than 400 votes. In another Bothell race, Del Spivey beat Ernie Bellecy by about 200 votes for Position 3.

In Snoqualmie, Bryan Holloway prevailed over Gil Tumey in the race for a council seat. Another close race in Issaquah that pitted local retired businesswoman Eileen Barber against community activist Connie Marsh ended with Barber as the winner by 116 votes.

In Kenmore, the results seem certain to mark the end of the city’s only cardroom, which is housed in a bowling alley, and a ban against any other cardrooms opening. All of the winning candidates — Laurie Sperry, Randy Eastwood and Allan Van Ness — pledged to ban cardrooms.

In Woodinville, an organized challenge to longtime council members was largely successful, with one who had served since the city was incorporated 12 years ago losing, and a second challenger defeating a former councilman trying to get back to City Hall.

For Position 3, challenger Hank Stecker defeated former Councilman Randy Ransom, who was mayor at one time, by 73 votes.

The one survivor to the challenges was Mayor Don Brocha, who defeated a write-in candidate by 647 votes.

The only hand recount is in Federal Way, where Ed Barney held a 28-vote lead over Grace Rawsthorne out of more than 22,000 votes cast. Those votes will be recounted Monday and certified at 4 p.m.

The machine recount Friday also will determine whether Paul Grace or Janet Way is elected to the Shoreline City Council. Grace led by 41 votes when the results were certified by the King County Canvassing Board.

Staff reporter Keith Ervin contributed to this report. Sonia Krishnan: 206-515-5546 or