When the official election results came out of the Yakima County Auditor's office at 8 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday) the suspense of the November General Election came to a close, with three incumbents on the Sunnyside City Council losing their seats to challengers.
Bruce Epps ousted Mike Farmer in a close race, 893 to 872. Carol Stone overturned Bruce Ricks 1,016 to 741. Councilwoman Bengie Aguilar lost out to Bill Gant, who defeated her 1,181 to 616.
Theresa Hancock and Paul Garcia were unchallenged for Position 1 and 5, respectively, with Hancock receiving 1,553 votes and Garcia 1,469. There were 46 write-in votes for Position 1 and 29 write-in votes for Position 5.
Probably the closest watched contest in the Sunnyside School Board race was between long-time school board member Joanne Kilian and Mary Rita Rohde, with the official vote ending with Kilian at 1,796 to 1,543 votes for Rohde. Larry Pangle, with 1,524 votes, failed to overturn Rocky Simmons who took 1,634 votes for Director District 1. Lorenzo Garza Jr. defeated Susanna Zamarron, 1,602 to 1,467.
Stephen Carpenter and Miguel Puente were unchallenged for their seats on the Sunnyside School Board.
Voters returned Mayor Norm Childress to his position on the Grandview City Council with 680 votes to challenger Helen Darr's 520. Joan Souders garnered 875 votes to Maria Antonia Armendariz's 317. Richard McLean, Pam Horner and Javier Rodriguez ran unchallenged for Positions 2, 3 and 7, respectively.
All of Granger City Council members-Lilia O. Villarreal, Alfredo Gonzalez, Natalie D. Ybarra and Jo Miles-were unopposed.
In Mabton, the closest race was between Angel Reyna and Sophia Gutierrez-Sotelo for Position 3 on the Mabton City Council, where only eight votes separated them at the end of the official tally Nov. 28. Reyna ended with 103 and her opponent at 95.
In the Mabton School Board races, Elsa Sanchez defeated Gabriel Mireles Jr. 315 to 79; Jeannette Williams won over Teresa Ahumada, 317 to 107.
In Bickleton, Jerry Roberts and Gary Hess, unchallenged for Positions 4 and 5, respectively, are seated on the School Board.
Kevin G. Riel and Ron Nash were opposed for Fire District 5 Commission Position 1, with Riel taking an official 3,338 votes to Nash's 2,532.