Shoreline candidate Salomon’s lead over McClelland now at 90 votes

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

By Evan Smith

Shoreline City Council candidate Jesse Salomon widened his lead over opponent Robin McClelland to 90 votes Monday from his 77-vote lead Friday.

The lead keeps attorney Salomon out of the range for a mandatory recount.

State law requires a recount whenever two candidates are separated by less than 0.5 percent of their combined total and a hand recount if the margin is less than 0.25 percent.

With public defender Salomon having 7,455 votes to 7,365 for former Planning Commissioner McClelland, their total of 14,820 votes means that a margin of 74 votes or fewer would trigger a machine recount, and a margin of 37 votes or fewer would trigger a mandatory hand recount.

The 17,954 ballots counted in the City included 54 write-in votes and 3,080 ballots that left the position blank.

Salomon had 50.12 percent of the vote to 49.52 percent for McClelland.

The returns came with a King County turnout of 51.63 percent, close to the expected final countywide turnout of 52 percent.

County elections officials had 1,300 uncounted ballots on hand at the County elections office in Renton. A few additional ballots could come from voters whose ballots were returned for signature verification and from people who are overseas, serving in the military, traveling, working or studying.

County officials will certify results November 29.

Voter turnout in the City of Shoreline was 53.17 percent.

Salomon and McClelland are running for the position that Councilman Terry Scott now holds.

In other Shoreline Council contests, incumbent Councilman Chris Eggen holds 70 percent of the vote to 29 percent for challenger William Hubbell, and incumbent Councilwoman Doris McConnell held 61 percent to 39 percent for former Councilwoman Janet Way.

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