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Pavone Announces Candidacy for 2013 Renton City Council Race

Current Renton City Councilman Rich Zwicker said he'll step down at the end of 2013 and endorsed Pavone as his replacement.

Armondo Pavone, a life-long Renton resident and business owner, announced today that he will run for a seat on the Renton City Council this year. Pavone and his wife, Angela, live on Renton Hill with their two young boys, Roman and Dominic.

Pavone has deep roots in the Renton community. His father, John, retired after 24 years of service with the Renton Police Department. Pavone was born and raised in this community and is a graduate of Renton High School.

After attending Shoreline Community College, he co-owned and operated “Just Cookies” with three locations in downtown Seattle and one in Bellevue. For the past 27 years, he has owned and operated restaurants in the downtown community, most notably Armondo’s Café Italiano, which he opened in 1986 and operated until 2011. He continues to own a popular steakhouse, The Melrose, along with his partner, Franco Phillips.

Pavone has been a strong leader in the business community and has been active with the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton Hill Neighborhood Association, former board member with the Downtown Renton Association and a member of Renton Rotary since 1996. He was one of the founding members of the Renton Blue Ribbon Committee that was responsible for changing the direction of the city and credited with attracting new development and jobs to the community.

Pavone says his interest in serving on the city council is a continuation of his commitment to play a role in Renton’s future. “I have watched this city evolve from a small manufacturing town into a desired community to live and operate a business,” Pavone said. “Renton has earned the respect of the entire region for being a progressive, quality city, where people work together for the good of the community.”

Pavone cited the quality of Renton schools and the rich diversity of the community that makes Renton a special place to live. “We have quality parks and schools and many public amenities that continue to attract new families here,” he said. “I look forward to working with other council members and the city administration in making sure that we protect, and even improve, the quality of life in our community.”

Pavone will seek an open seat on the council that is currently held by Council Member Rich Zwicker, who has announced he does not plan to seek re-election to his seat this year. "I'm thrilled that Armondo is stepping forward to run for city council," Zwicker said. "He has my full support."

jan hickling February 20, 2013 at 02:13 AM
What good news! Rich Zwicker's behavior and lack of respect during the Library War's was shameful. I am so glad to hear Armondo will be running for his seat. His many years as a down town business owner and "local boy" will bring a positive energy to the council.
rentonben February 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM
It looks like we'll have two awesome candidates for this seat. We all win when good people decide to run for office.
Sara M. DuBois February 27, 2013 at 12:18 AM
How does Armando Pavone stand on the Library Wars issue? We really need city council members we can trust to follow what the voters want, not what the Mayor or some of the other city council members want or what KCLS wants.
rentonben February 27, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I talked with Armondo during the original Library and annexation campaign and he had decided on backing the Renton Library - regardless of his decision, he was very knowledgeable and reasonable. I don't know his current position on keeping our Cedar River Library - but for me it doesn't matter in that he's would certainly listen and learn before making any decision, and if was making a poor decision, I can say he would be open to changing his mind if you presented good information. The short answer: He's a resonable person who would weigh all the evidence before making a decision.
Pam Pollock February 27, 2013 at 04:16 PM
All politicians act like they "listen". They want the office. It will be interesting to see his true colors during the campain process.

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