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Only five file on Wednesday for Lower Valley public office

As of Thursday morning, there are 24 candidates who have filed for the 33 elected positions that are coming open in the Lower Yakima Valley this fall. Five of those candidates filed on Wednesday.

In Grandview, Joan Souders filed for re-election to position one on the Grandview City Council. Souders has been a member of the council since the end of 2003.

"I've enjoyed the last two years and I decided that I would run," Souders said.

She added that she feels it's important to encourage more community mobilization and help improve the safety of the community. Souders said she would also like to see the city become more accessable to its residents. Souders added that something else she supports is the revitalization of Grandview's downtown area.

In Granger, Jo Miles filed for re-election to position four on the Granger City Council.

Miles said he decided to file because he wants to help continue the recent growth the community has been experiencing. He added that he also feels it's important for the council to keep its commitment for high standards in public service, which he said is one of the things that made him choose to move to the community several years ago.

"There are a lot of positive things going on and I'm offering to help it go in the right direction," Miles said.

Two candidates also took time Wednesday to file for positions on the Granger School Board. Ray Hull filed for the director district one position, which is currently held by Chuck Alexander. Alexander has yet to file for re-election to the position. Kyle Shinn filed for re-election to his position on the board representing director district five.

Wednesday, Elsa Sanchez filed for a position on the Mabton School Board. Sanchez filed for the director district three seat, which is currently held by Viviana Trejo. Trejo has yet to file for re-election to the position.

Sanchez, a Mabton native who has two children in the Mabton School District, said she decided to run because she wants a stronger voice in the education of the community's youth.

"I've always been actively involved and wanted to take more of a stance...and have a stronger voice," Sanchez said.

She added that one of the issues she feels strongly about is helping improve the communication between school administration, teachers, parents and students.

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