Gordon Bisset leads primary for City Council race

September 2, 2011

By Staff

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Gordon Bisset has a commanding lead in Newcastle’s primary race for the fourth position on the City Council.

With about 70 percent — or 1,136 votes — Bisset is well ahead of candidate Frank Irigon, who has gathered 373 votes, or about 23 percent to total votes cast, according to updated information provided on the King County elections website.

Bisset has been a resident of the Hazelwood neighborhood of Newcastle for 41 years and served on the council for a four-year term from 2002-2005*.

Irigon has been a resident of the Rainier Crest neighborhood of Newcastle for 25 years. This is his first time running for the council.

Bisset or Irigon will replace longtime Councilman Sonny Putter, who was elected to the council in 1994*.

Irigon and Bisset will advance to the November ballot for the general election.

Incumbent councilwomen Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson and incumbent Deputy Mayor Steve Buri have filed to run for re-election this fall in their respective positions. Each will be unopposed on the November ballot.

Andrew T. Shelton, who dropped out of the race in July, received about 6 percent — or 95 — of the votes cast in the primary.

Shelton said he made the decision to pull his name from the running after taking a new job with increased time commitments.

His decision was made about a month after the deadline to officially withdraw from the race, rendering a primary election unnecessary.

The primary cost the city about $8,000.

More than 1,700 out of 6,200 registered voters cast a ballot in the August primary.

The primary results won’t be official until all ballots postmarked with the appropriate date are counted and the election is certified.

*This article contains corrected information.

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