Bellevue City Councilmember John Chelminiak continues a slight lead while newcomer Vandana Slatter has a narrow advantage over her opponent, Michelle Hilhorst.
Two newcomers running for an open seat on the Bellevue City Council remain in a tight battle, and an incumbent council member is in a close race to keep his spot, nearly a week after first returns.
As of Monday afternoon’s vote count, incumbent Councilmember John Chelminiak showed a small gain over his opponent, former Councilmember Don Davidson, and newcomer Vandana Slatter continued with a slight lead over challenger Michelle Hilhorst.
Election staff will continue counting votes until certification Nov. 24.
Chelminiak made a small step further ahead since the first tally on election night, now totaling almost 52 percent of the vote to Davidson’s roughly 48 percent.
Slatter remains slightly ahead, too, with almost 51.4 percent of the vote to Hilhorst’s nearly 48.4 percent.
The other Bellevue City Council races this election cycle were less contentious; incumbent John Stokes ran unopposed, and Councilmember Jennifer Robertson had 82 percent of the vote in the first returns.