Schneider reclaims lead in narrow race for Bainbridge council’s Central Ward

The nail-biter of a race for Bainbridge Island’s District 4, Central Ward council seat has now turned into a cliffhanger.

Incumbent Councilwoman Leslie Schneider took the lead from challenger Grayson William Wildsmith in the second count of votes Wednesday afternoon.

Wildsmith led by 61 votes in the first tally.

Schneider now is in front by 186 votes.

Schneider has 51.1 percent of the vote, compared to Wildsmith’s 47.8 percent.

The initial tally of ballots on Election Night had Wildsmith with 50.1 percent of all ballots cast, while Schneider had 48.8 percent.

An additional 1,038 ballots were counted Wednesday.

The new vote tally stands at 2,898 for Schneider, and 2,712 for Wildsmith.

There are also 59 write-in ballots that have been counted, an increase over the 54 processed on Election Day. Cynthia Bellas was a declared write-in candidate in the race.

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