Bader, Robinson advance to general election
EVERETT - The race to fill Drew Nielsen’s seat in the general election has two clear leaders.
Scott Bader and June Robinson led the primary last week with a narrow margin between the two.
As of last week’s returns, Bader had 4,342 votes and Robinson had 4,199 votes.
Former Mayor Pete Kinch was trailing in third with 2,683 votes. There were five people running; the primary narrows the field to the top two candidates.
Both Bader and Robinson ran for City Council last fall against incumbents Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher and Councilman Ron Gipson, respectively.
Bader said he was enthusiastic about the results. He’s going to continue to get a broad base of support in the community, he said.
“I’m going to campaign and continue to meet people,” Bader said.
Robinson said she has a broad base of support across the community.
“I’m going to campaign hard in the next three months to come out the winner in the election,” Robinson said.
Bader, a fundraising director for the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese and former attorney, lives in the Riverside Neighborhood. He’s running in part on a platform of fiscal responsibility and job creation.
Robinson, currently a manager with Public Health King County-Seattle, lives in the Northwest Neighborhood. She’s running in part on a platform similar to Nielsen’s positions of improving civic life.
Kinch, Everett’s mayor from 1990 to 1994, did not respond for comment.
Nielsen died May 12 in a rafting accident. Councilwoman Gigi Burke was unanimously appointed to his spot in the interim until the general election is certified in late November. Nielsen’s term lasts through 2015.