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This race demands a recount

By MIKE HALLIDAY

The Mirror

The next big day for general election candidates was yesterday, when King County's canvassing board was to certify the results of voting that ended Nov. 8. A recount was almost assured for one Federal Way School Board race. Ed Barney and Grace Rawsthorne have been passing the hot potato between them. Rawsthorne was ahead in the first weeks following the election. During the Nov. 19-20 weekend, Barney pulled ahead by a slim margin and has held it since. As of Monday, he had 11,366 votes (49.8 percent) to Rawsthorne's 11,346 votes (49.7 percent) –– a difference of 20 votes.

Barney, the District 1 incumbent who's seeking a second four-year term, said Monday he expected by now the race would have a more definite resolution, but it wasn't bothering him the count was close.

"I'm still sleeping at night," he said. However, the small gap between the candidates was making it "interesting," he added.

State law mandates a recount if the difference between two candidates is less than 2,000 votes and less than half of 1 percent of the total ballots cast in the race. If the difference is less than 1,000 votes and less than one-quarter of 1e percent of the total votes, the recount is manual or another option the candidates can agree to.

Barney said he would favor a machine recount because it would be more accurate.

In the primary election race in September for King County sheriff, candidates Jim Fuda and Greg Schmidt agreed to a machine recount of a sampling of the precincts in the county. Schmidt won and ended up losing to incumbent Sue Rahr.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@fedwaymirror.com

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