(From left to right, top to bottom) City Council candidates: James Alberson, Joe Todd, Sanjeev Yonzon, Angelina Benedetti, Carmen Rivera, Ben Johnson, Marvin Rosete, Caleb L. Sutton

(From left to right, top to bottom) City Council candidates: James Alberson, Joe Todd, Sanjeev Yonzon, Angelina Benedetti, Carmen Rivera, Ben Johnson, Marvin Rosete, Caleb L. Sutton

Renton City Council August primary election candidates and results

Results updated as of 3:41 pm, August 16th:

Of the 60,789 registered voters in Renton, 15,289 (25.15%) ballots were counted in the August primary election.

Council Position No. 1

Sanjeev Yonzon – 15.04 % (2,182 votes)

Yonzon is a Civil Service Commissioner of Renton Regional Fire Authority, a business owner, and a resident of the City of Renton. He also worked for the US Military in Iraq as a civil contractor from 2005 to 2007.

His priorities are to create a friendly relationship between law enforcement and our residents, focus on achieving long-term public safety, reduce crime, expand affordable housing, attract large companies, strengthen small businesses, and encourage tourism.

He also pledges to improve transparency and explore adopting new technologies for easier communication with residents to encourage involvement in community issues and planning.

James Alberson – 51.68 % (7,498 votes)

Alberson is a current Renton Planning Commissioner, former Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman and a business owner.

His priorities are to ensure a strong economic recovery, create an environment that brings back businesses and high-quality jobs, reduce crime and homelessness, increase affordable housing, and ensure inclusion and opportunities for all Renton residents.

Joe Todd – 32.76 % (4,753 votes)

Todd is currently the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at King County. Before his tenure at King County, he served as CIO of the City of Tukwila, Head of Application Development and Collaboration at Alaska Airlines, and Senior Manager of Enterprise Collaboration and Application Integration at The Boeing Company.

He has 20 years of experience as an innovator and business leader with a background in aerospace, software development, and local government.

His priorities include small business support, affordable housing, budgeting dollars to help community members who are dealing with homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health issues and providing low-cost internet resources.

Write-ins accounted for 75 votes (0.52%)

Council Position No. 2

Carmen Rivera – 37.92% (5,526 votes)

Rivera grew up in Renton ​and began her career in the Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families at Echo Glen Children’s Center for almost five years. During her time, she managed a full caseload of multiple youths, developed their individualized treatment plans, and engaged them in daily, as well as weekly counseling sessions. She then transitioned to work for King County’s Youthsource, working with youth who had dropped out of high school to get them back on track. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University’s Criminal Justice Department.

Rivera’s stated political priorities are to invest in human services, preserving the environment, creating affordable housing, supporting and growing local business, and uplifting diverse voices in the community.

Caleb L. Sutton – 7.42% (1,082 votes)

Sutton is a scientific consultant with a Ph.D. in molecular biology.

Suttona says most of his political experience has been working with soil and water conservation as well as local street clean up.

As a council member, Sutton said he would work to amplify the voices of the community while improving infrastructure, public safety and natural beauty.

Ben Johnson – 22.9% (3,338 votes)

Johnson works in computer support for small businesses and nonprofits.

He has served on the City of Renton Airport Committee, worked with the grassroots campaign to save our Renton Library, and supported the Renton Street Trees initiative.

His stated priorities in the community would be public safety and crime reduction, promoting job growth and supporting parks and trails.

Marvin Rosete – 11.05% (1,610 votes)

Rosete began his career in public service at the King County Executive’s office under Gary Locke and would later serve with King County Council, under Councilmember Larry Phillips.

Marvin is currently the administrator for AppleTree Professional Training. He graduated from Renton High School and the University of Washington. Rosete also earned a Master’s Degree from Seattle University and is completing his Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California.

He served as Chair for the International Design and Review Board, working on the historic and cultural preservation of the Seattle/Chinatown International District; Representative of the Renton Chamber to the South Sound Chambers Coalition, advocating for transportation needs of South King County; and Vice-Chair to Renton’s Liberty Park Building Committee, where he helped identify future uses for park buildings.

His stated political priorities are to have more responsive human services, quality police, well-administered infrastructure projects, and to enrich our parks and public arts.

Angelina Benedetti – 20.41 % (2,974 votes)

Benedetti currently serves on the City Council. She is also a librarian and a former chair of the Planning Commission.

She also currently serves as a Board Member of the Renton Regional Community Foundation, which has played a role in supporting local nonprofits during the pandemic. In response to COVID-19, the Foundation launched a response fund to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in South King County.

Her stated political priorities are assuring Renton’s growth is smart and sustainable; supporting Renton businesses in the downtown core; building affordable housing; and, investing in neighborhoods, infrastructure, and parks.

Benedetti said she is committed to both short-term and long-term investments in affordable, sustainable housing and support for Rentonites experiencing homelessness.

Write-ins accounted for 44 votes (0.3%)


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