Benitez wins 4 years on Mount Rainier Council; Brentwood, N. Brentwood, Riverdale Park results

Incumbent Mount Rainier City Councilor Celina Benitez has decisively won a four-year term, holding on to her seat in the Gateway City’s Ward One she first won two years ago. Benitez defeated rival Charnette Robinson by a vote of 281 to 109, according to unofficial results. While the final numbers could change due to potentially-outstanding absentee ballots, there are too few such ballots outstanding to change the final result, according to Mount Rainier election officials. “I’m definitely happy the community came out. It was an election where there with only Council members, so sometimes you tendto feel people will not come out, especially when there’s not a Federal election,” said Benitez in an interview after the votes were counted.

Analysis: Finding the subtext in Mount Rainier’s City Council debate

Mount Rainier’s three candidates for City Council seats met this week in the only debate planned before the May elections. For two candidates — incumbent Ward One Councilor Celina Benitez and her opponent, local activist Charnette Robinson — it was a chance to define themselves against the other. But they didn’t really succeed — unless, that is, you were already familiar with the candidates.

Mount Rainier, Brentwood elections heat up fast

Brentwood Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez will likely hold onto her seat, but the small town has a competitive field for four Town Council seats up for grabs. Meanwhile, as the filing deadline to run for office in Mount Rainier comes to a close, several candidates have expressed an interest in running.