Close city council race may get recount

Rosenbaum narrowly leads Thompson for Position 1.

It’s been a close race for Mercer Island City Council Position 1 in the General Election — so close that a recount could be in the near future.

Initial election night counts showed Daniel Thompson ahead, but Dave Rosenbaum has since taken the lead. As of Nov. 15, Rosenbaum led with 4,778 votes (50.11 percent) and Thompson had garnered 4,746 votes (49.77 percent), leaving them at just 32 votes and 0.34 percent apart.

Halei Watkins, communications officer for King County Elections, said those numbers mean the race is in machine recount range. She explained that recounts are not triggered until certification, which takes place on Nov. 26.

To qualify for an automatic machine recount, the candidates must be less than 2,000 votes and 0.5 percent apart. To qualify for a hand recount, they must be less than 150 votes and 0.25 percent apart.

Updated results were expected to be posted Nov. 18, after the Reporter’s press deadline. Ballots are still being received.

As of Nov. 15, Wendy Weiker, Lisa Anderl, Craig Reynolds and Jake Jacobson were still ahead in the races for city council positions 3, 4, 5 and 7.