Bader beats Robinson for seat on council
EVERETT - Scott Bader has defeated June Robinson for Everett City Council.
Bader led Robinson 15,375 votes to 13,625.
“I’m still trying to soak it all in,” Bader said last week.
“I’m honored by receiving the trust of the majority of Everett voters … Now I have responsibilities to live up to, I’m certainly feeling that,” Bader said.
Bader has a lot of catching up to do on city issues, he said, saying it’s like “cramming for a test or final.” He wants to meet with more city officials this week.
Bader ran on a platform of limiting spending to core basics such as emergency services. He is a fundraising director for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and a former attorney who lives in the north Riverside Neighborhood.
Robinson, who positioned herself as the successor of the late Councilman Drew Nielsen, ran on a platform of supporting neighborhoods, parks and arts.
“I won’t stop being involved in the community,” Robinson said. “I wanted to carry Drew’s legacy. There are certainly ways to do that.”
Bader secured endorsements from police and fire unions, business leaders and five council members. Robinson’s endorsements included the 38th Legislative Democrats and a large swath of neighborhood leaders and grassroots supporters. She also got support from Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher and Councilman Paul Roberts.
“For many of (my endorsers), they want a focus on the basics, making sure good infrastructure is key,” Bader said.
Bader is scheduled to be sworn in after the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office certifies the election Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The seat was Nielsen’s until he died in a May rafting accident. Councilwoman Gigi Burke is filling the seat in the interim. The term lasts through 2015.
Both Robinson and Bader work in King County. Bader said he plans to take vacation days to make Everett’s once-a-month day meetings. The council mostly meets at night.
Robinson and Bader both ran for election last year. Bader ran against Stonecipher and Robinson ran against Council President Ron Gipson.
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