Bellevue City Council

Ross Reynolds talks with John Haynes, executive director of the Tateuchi Center, which is slated to be major performing arts venue in Bellevue. Fundraising began in 2002, slowed because of the recession, and has now picked up again due to Bellevue's decision to publicly finance a piece of it.

KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds talks with Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci about a possible ban on marijuana businesses in the fifth largest city in Washington.

Courtesy of Patty Campbell

When Don Davidson joined the Bellevue City Council in 1984, a fellow council member offered sage advice: “Get along with Nan. It’ll go a long way.”

Marcie Sillman speaks with Crosscut reporter Knute Berger to get a roundup of the Bellevue City Council races.

KUOW Photo/Amy Radil, Lynne Robinson's Facebook page.

During the fight over light rail, Bellevue was described as having a conservative majority on the city council. Those members challenged Sound Transit’s light rail route and Bellevue’s share of the cost.

But then long-time incumbent Don Davidson lost in the August primary, leaving two more liberal candidates in the runoff for his seat: Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter.

Although city council races are nonpartisan, both candidates sought the endorsement of the King County Democrats.

KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Light rail has been a contentious issue for the Bellevue City Council in recent years, with members divided on the project. Now the Eastside’s light rail line is in final design and no longer in doubt. But those light rail disputes are still campaign fodder for incumbent Kevin Wallace and his challenger Steve Kasner, one of three races for the council that will be taking place in November.