The Right Voice for Renton

Ruth Pérez represents a new source of energy and enthusiasm for the City of Renton. With a focus on the issues that matter most to our community, Councilwoman Perez will bring her experience, tenacity, and deep commitment to our city as our next Mayor.

Renton City Councilmember Ruth Perez recently announced her campaign for Mayor of Renton.

“Our city is blessed with tremendous energy and prosperity but faces many challenges requiring new leadership and commitment to implementing smart policy solutions. As a Renton City Councilmember, I have worked to ensure Renton is a place people are proud to call home. In the last few years, we’ve seen incredible job growth, economic prosperity, and a rush of new people looking to build their lives in Renton – now is the time to make sure that we are building upon our recent successes and being proactive to avoid the pitfalls of such rapid expansion,” Perez said.

Ruth Pérez was appointed in 2014 to fill a vacant seat. In 2015, she was elected to complete the term and re-elected in November 2017. She has an extensive background in public service and is a progressive leader in the Latino community in Renton.

“It’s time for a new generation of leadership in our city. With your support, I will lead Renton into our next chapter as a collaborative and inclusive city where working families, neighborhoods, and businesses work together to create a place where all are welcome, and all can thrive,” stated Perez.

Councilmember Pérez has a BA in Communication Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has received several recognitions and awards: Renton Best Elected Official in 2018, Woman of the Year and most recently received an award from the Association of Washington Cities in 2019 for an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership.

During her time on council she has represented the people of Renton on several regional boards and committees including:  South County Area Transportation Board, Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force, National League of Cities Transportation & Infrastructure Services Committee, Association of Washington Cities Federal Committee, Eastside Transportation Partnership and Renton Airport Advisory Committee.

Twenty years ago, Perez moved to Washington State to finish her MBA– and went on to be Gov. Gary Locke’s International Trade organizer tasked with helping Washington businesses expand trade in Mexico. “Both as a journalist and as a trade facilitator, I have learned the art of listening, getting the facts and asking the right questions – the same priorities have served me well as I serve in office,” Ruth explains. “Renton is the heart of the working people of our region and it is a privilege to serve the families who are building their lives here.”

Ruth Pérez will be walking in your neighborhood soon — if you are interested in joining her and meeting neighbors from all over the city, please email her at and join in.