City of Renton, Council Position No. 2 Candidates

Carmen Rivera

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Education: Master's, University of Liverpool, UK; Bachelor's, Seattle University; Lindbergh High School, Nelsen Middle School

Occupation: Educator at Seattle University, Former Caseworker for King County

https://southseattleemerald.com/2021/06/30/will-local-governments-reflect-the-changing-demographics-of-south-king-county/

Statement:

 

I am running for City Council because we need decisive leadership to ensure Renton is a place where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

As someone who was born and raised in Renton, and experienced our region’s growth and change, I know we need to be proactive in responding to our community’s needs. We must address the increasing costs of living, infrastructure concerns, and reviving our local economy. Our leaders must listen to what our community wants, and actively seek out input from those they hope to serve.

My partner and I hope to raise a family here. I see so much hope and opportunity, and I want to continue to give back to the city that raised me. With your vote, we can all work together to make sure Renton remains a place where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Sole endorsement of the King County Democrats.

Caleb L. Sutton

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Education: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology; Bachelor's in Biology

Occupation: Scientific Consultant

https://info.kingcounty.gov/kcelections/Vote/contests/candidates.aspx?requesttype=primary&cid=63936&lang=en-US

Statement:

 

You Can’t Button the Sutton!

 

Do you feel unheard? Politics should be local and should never direct your daily life. City Council is an important position and not enough people know the name of the person that represents them. The job of a politician, especially a local one, is to amplify the voice of the people. You need a politician that treats you like an adult. I want to amplify your voice while improving Renton’s infrastructure, safety, and natural beauty.

 

Most of my political experience has been behind the scenes working with soil and water conservation as well as local street cleanup (you might have seen me on Benson or Talbot). I have experience in project management as well from inception to completion; ask me about my graduate school work in neglected diseases. Mainly, I want to ensure that your voice is heard and respected. You can’t button the Sutton!

Ben Johnson

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Education: Community college

Occupation: Computer support for small business and non-profits

https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/campaign-explorer/candidate?filer_id=JOHNB--057&election_year=2021

Statement:

 

Twenty years ago, my wife and I chose to make Renton our home to raise our three young boys. During this time, I’ve served on the City of Renton Airport Committee, worked with the grassroots campaign to save our Renton Library, supported the Renton Street Trees initiative, and run a small business through difficult times.  

The next few years will be pivotal for our city, and as your councilmember I will: work collaboratively for public safety to reduce criminal activity; promote job growth; and support our parks and trails. I believe in this community and our ability to bring positive change when we work together. By making good long-term decisions now, we can position Renton for success: Where no matter who we are, we can feel safe. 

Endorsements: Former Renton Mayor Kathy Keolker, Former Renton Council Members Marcie Palmer and Carol Ann Witschi, and more.

Marvin Rosete

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Education: Renton High School, B.A. University of Washington, MPA. Seattle University, Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California

Occupation: Professional education administrator

https://www.rentonreporter.com/news/marvin-rosete-seeks-renton-city-council-seat-position-2/

Statement:

 

As a resident and Renton High School graduate, I am proud to call this city my home. I am honored to serve you.  I have over 12 years of non-profit and government experience, 15 years of private sector knowledge and over 20 years of community leadership.  I want Renton to be the best place to live, for all of us.  I plan to work towards the following:

Expand funding for human services that cares for our most vulnerable residents.

Enhance public safety agencies that responds in our times of need. Enrich our parks and the public art programs that define the character of our city. Support quality transportation and public works projects, and will make sure our city’s infrastructure is safe, modern, and prepared for decades ahead. It will be my privilege to work for Renton residents and improve your quality of life in the place we call home. I appreciate your vote!

Angelina Benedetti

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Education: Masters of Library and Information Science, University of Washington; BA, Comparative Literature, University of Washington

Occupation: Renton City Councilmember and public librarian; former Renton Planning Commissioner

https://www.courierherald.com/opinion/city-and-school-board-races-highlight-local-elections-roegner/

Statement:

 

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Renton City Councilmember during these unprecedented times. It's been an honor to serve the residents of our great city - a place I call home, just as three generations of my family have before me. 

Prior to serving on the Council, I was on the Renton Planning Commission - as its Chair from 2017-2019. That experience guides my priorities on the Council: assuring Renton’s growth is smart and sustainable; supporting our Renton businesses in our downtown core; building affordable housing; and, investing in our neighborhoods, infrastructure, and parks.

I'm proud of the work we have been able to accomplish during my time on the Council. We have more work to do around issues of equity, inclusion, affordability, and economic recovery. I will continue to bring steady and supportive leadership to help Renton recover from the pandemic. Thank you for your vote.