Woodinville City Council race certified
Automatic recounts required
by Jeff Switzer
The final numbers are in, but the vote is so close in Woodinville that an automatic recount is required.
The Nov. 7 general election was certified 15 days later, on Nov. 22, and ballots are no longer being accepted.
While all the other candidates and issues in King County have been decided, Woodinville City Council candidates and residents will have to wait until after the holiday to find out who will represent them in two council positions.
Less than one-half of one percent of the vote totals separate contenders Barbara Solberg and Walter Backstrom for position 2 and Marsha Engel and Carol Bogue for position 6.
Solberg leads Backstrom by seven votes. She has 1,063 votes to Backstrom's 1,056, a margin of one-third of one percent (.0033 percent).
Incumbent Marsha Engel leads challenger Carol Bogue by five votes.
Engel has 1,043 votes to Bogue's 1,038, and the margin is less than one-fourth of one percent (.0024 percent).
Because of the holiday, the recounts are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 27 at 1:30 p.m. with numbers due out at 4 p.m. (after Woodinville Weekly press time).
Scott Hageman's victory is cemented, and he will replace Bob Dixon in Position 4 on the Woodinville City Council on Jan. 1, 1996. Hageman defeated Dixon 1,112 to 1,014.
Hageman's tenure on the council runs until Dec. 31, 1999.