Clear winners in a tight Renton primary

Pavone and Maxwell qualify with a six vote difference

As the final days of voting results come in, it’s clear which candidates will move on to the November General Election, even in the close mayoral race in Renton.

Marcie Maxwell and Armondo Pavone appear to be the frontrunners for the mayoral primary, moving onto the November general election. Both are incredibly close in votes, Tuesday Aug. 13 results showed the candidates a mere six votes apart. Maxwell leads at 3,905 votes, 27.04 percent, and Pavone is at 3,899 votes, or 26.99 percent.

In statements on their campaign Facebook pages, the two other mayoral candidates, Ruth Perez and Randy Corman, congratulated the frontrunners. Perez thanked all her supporters and family, stating she recognized the daily sacrifices loved ones make during a campaign.

“We came very close to making it into the general election but are a few votes short in getting there,” Perez stated. “It was an honor to run for mayor and I hope you all know how grateful I am for what you have done to support me and my campaign.”

Corman stated he would push forward with the issues from his campaign as a councilmember and thanked the other candidates.

“Thanks to the three of you for caring so much about Renton and making the primary season engaging, productive and positive,” Corman stated.

City Council candidates Valerie O’Halloran and James Alberson remained frontrunners during the count, O’Halloran ahead with 4,695 votes and 34.65 percent, and Alberson with 4,364 votes and 32.20 percent.

“I’m honored to be the front-runner and am excited to build momentum as we head toward November,” O’Halloran stated. “I will continue working for you, and speaking with you to learn how I can best serve the Renton community.”

Alberson posted a statement saying it l”like the train would keep moving,”and asked supporters to “stay tuned as the ride continues.” He also thanked supporters and mentioned future work ringing doorbells and placing signs.

In the Renton School Board race, Stefanie McIrvin was a clear frontrunner with 10,660 votes and 62.21 percent. Kristen Deskin looks to also be going to the general election, with 3,439 votes and 20.07 percent.

The King County Prop. 1 for Parks was approved, as of Monday Aug. 12 it had 70.19 percent approval. That renewed levy funds for parks, zoos and trails throughout the county.

The city of Renton boundary had a 27 percent voter turnout, with 14,825 ballots counted of 54,910 registered voters. The school district boundary had a 27.64 percent voter turnout, with 19,366 ballots counted of 70,068 voters.

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