On Wednesday April 14th, 2021, Angelina Benedetti announced her campaign for retention. Carmen Rivera also announced her campaign for Position 2 the same day. In March, Max Heller announced his own campaign for the seat. This will result in a primary race.
Angelina Benedetti was appointed by the council in 2020 to fill the empty seat left by the newly-elected Mayor Armondo Pavone. Angelina is known for her leadership on the Renton Regional Community Foundation and her previous experience on the planning commission. Many residents know her for years of dedication as a librarian. As a councilmember, Benedetti moved to explore the Equity & Empowerment Commission advocated by local residents and social justice organizations, which is currently being planned by the Mayor. Vote Angelina’s campaign desires a welcoming, anti-racist city and commitment to affordable housing.
Carmen Rivera is known for her professional community service as a former counselor for the Washington State Department of Children and Family Services, and programs like King County’s Youthsource. Today, Carmen serves as an adjunct faculty for Seattle University in the Criminal Justice department and sits on the board of Seattle Pride as well. Rivera for Renton priorities include responsive government, investments in human resources, and affordable housing.
Max Heller III is also running for the Position 2 race. Vote Max Heller III’s campaign website lists promoting nightlife and small business as priorities. Heller also ran for Position 3 in 2019, and Position 2 in 2017.
There are two other positions currently up for election in the Renton City Council. Position 1, Randy Corman, who is running for re-election and being challenged by Joe Todd. Position 6, held by Ruth Pérez, is also up for election. Pérez is seeking re-election with no announced challengers, yet. The filing deadline is in late-May.