It’s official: Mount Rainier has a competitive race on its hand in Ward One, pitting incumbent Councilor Celina Benitez agains hopeful Charnette Robinson. Meanwhile, Scott Cecil, a relative newcomer to Mount Rainier and lone official candidate registered in his ward, is likely to be the next Ward Two Councilor, replacing incumbent Shivali Shah, who declined to seek re-election.
Initially, seven candidates had expressed an interest in running, going so far as to pick up the necessary candidate petitions and packets from City Hall.
Scott has lived in Mount Rainier since January 2018. In that short amount of time, he has become regular presence at City Council meetings – and more. He currently rents a home near 28th and Taylor Street. Reached Monday evening, Scott was unable to comment at the moment.