Gordon Bisset wins only contested City Council seat

December 1, 2011

By Christina Lords

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Former councilman nets 72 percent of votes cast to beat Frank Irigon

Gordon Bisset

Frank Irigon

Gordon Bisset won the 2012 general election over challenger Frank Irigon for the Newcastle City Council’s only contested race this year.

With about 72 percent or 1,965 votes, Bisset will take on the council’s fourth position. Irigon earned about 28 percent of the vote, or 752 ballots cast.

“I’m very pleased with the results,” Bisset said. “I’d like to thank the voters of Newcastle and will be getting ready to carry out my campaign themes.”

About 51 percent of Newcastle’s registered voters cast a ballot in the election.

Bisset served a four-year term on the council from 2002-05 and has lived in the Hazelwood neighborhood for 41 years.

Irigon has lived in the Rainier Crest neighborhood for 25 years. This is the first time he has run for the City Council position.

Bisset said he would continue to attend meetings to stay current on issues, especially when it comes to the city’s 2012 budget discussions.

He will replace longtime Councilman Sonny Putter, who has continuously served on the council since 1994.

Incumbent councilwomen Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson and incumbent Deputy Mayor Steve Buri were re-elected for their respective positions after they ran unopposed in the election.

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