Steve Litzow elected to represent Issaquah in state Senate

December 1, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Dec. 1, 2010

Republican Steve Litzow appears to be the next state senator to represent Issaquah after defeating incumbent Randy Gordon.

King County Elections completed a mandatory machine recount for the contest Wednesday afternoon. The unofficial results present a solid lead for Litzow, a Mercer Island councilman.

Democrat Gordon trailed Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. The gap between the candidates slimmed to 194 votes — or 0.32 percent — as the county tallied ballots.

The margin closed to 192 votes after the recount. The recount added two ballots to Gordon’s total.

Under state law, a machine recount is required if the difference between the candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

King County Elections tallied 63,361 ballots in the race. The recount ended at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The county Canvassing Board meets Friday to certify the results in the race.

The recount settled the last undecided Issaquah race. Litzow is due to represent the 41st Legislative District in the Legislature. The district includes Talus and other Cougar Mountain communities in Issaquah, plus Newcastle and rural King County.

King County Council members appointed Gordon to the seat in January after then-Sen. Fred Jarrett resigned to serve as deputy King County executive.

The candidates tussled to fill Jarrett’s unexpired term. Litzow is due to face the electorate again in 2012.

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