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City of Renton

Council Position No. 2

Carmen Rivera

Carmen Rivera

PO Box 20084


(425) 466-4143

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

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 housing crisis and infrastructure concerns, support our small businesses, and work to ensure everyone feels safe. I will listen to what our community wants, and actively seek input from those I hope to serve. 


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


Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson


RENTON, WA 98057

(425) 390-5288

Education: Bellevue College - Background in Physics and Distributed Computing
Occupation: Small Business Owner – IT Support Zap Clean Energy Fusion

Twenty years ago, our family chose Renton as our hometown to raise our three young boys. I’ve served on the City of Renton Airport Committee, worked successfully to save our Renton Library, supported the Renton Street Trees initiative, and run a small business through difficult times.  

I believe in working collaboratively for practical solutions. Together, we can improve public safety to reduce criminal activity; promote job and neighborhood growth that enhances Renton’s character; support our parks, trails, and public art; and make sure Renton gets our fair share of State and Sound Transit funding. I’m committed to listening, understanding, and ensuring that everyone feels safe and is free from discrimination based on any aspect of who we are.  

Endorsements: Renton Mayor Armondo Pavone, Former Renton Mayors Denis Law and Kathy Keolker; current and former Renton Council Members Randy Corman, Don Persson, Valerie O’Halloran, Marcie Palmer, Carol Ann Witschi, and more.

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