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Davidson concedes election
Bellevue City Council member Don Davidson, who sought re-election for his Position 6 seat, has conceded to competitors Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter on Wednesday afternoon.
Early primary results indicated a close race between Davidson and Slatter. At the most recent count, Davidson had 25.18 percent of the vote to Slatter's 26.3 percent. Robinson took an easy lead with 48 percent. Votes will continue to be counted through Aug. 20.
"Although I am not advancing to the general election, my commitment to protecting Bellevue's neighborhoods, preserving our parks and environment, and keeping our property taxes low remains steadfast," said Davidson in a statement. "I look forward to working on these issues as I continue my service on the council for the remainder of my term."
Davidson has served on-and-off on the council since the 1980s. He vowed to continue his environmental activism and civic affairs in the city.
"Bellevue is a special place, and has grown to be that way due to the sacrifices of many and the balanced governance of our council," he said. "It's important that our city government stays nonpartisan and focused on the needs of our citizens, and I hope to see that approach in the upcoming general election."