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December 5, 2007 7:35 AM

Valley hospital chair ousted in recount

Posted by David Postman

The chairwoman of the troubled Valley Medical Center appears to have been defeated after a recount in the race. Challenger, and apparent victor, Anthony Hemstad sent an e-mail to supporters late last night saying that the final count gave him 21,215 votes to incumbent Chairwoman Carole Anderson's 21,107.

King County elections picked up an additional 266 votes that had apparently been undercounted via the first count. Those votes split perfectly 133 each and so — even after the recount — the victory margin remains 108 votes.

The county elections site doesn't have the latest numbers posted yet.

On election night, another challenger, Sue Bowman easily defeated incumbent Gary Kohlwes. Hospital administrators have admitted to illegal use of public funds for campaign purposes. The commission has been criticized for failing to provide oversight.

Hemstad, who signs his e-mail, "Anthony 'Landslide' Hemstad," said "we've shaken a very entrenched organization."

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