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Williams, Ahumada advance in Mabton School Board race

MABTON - A three-way race for Mabton School Board's position one was whittled to two following Tuesday's Primary vote.

Jeannette Williams, a pre-school teacher at Grandview Adventist Academy, was the clear leader in the run-off with 205 votes for 67 percent of all votes cast.

The second candidate to advance to the November General Election was less clear, as Teresa Ahumada edged Rachel Ruelas by 10 votes - 54 to 44.

A nurse for the Washington State Migrant Council, Ahumada earned 17.65 percent of the vote in Tuesday's Primary Election. "It showed me that we have a lot of work to do," said Ahumada, who ran for the school board seat due to concerns on how the district is operated.

Williams has said she is running to be involved in her children's education. "The parents are not well enough informed on what is happening in the district," she previously noted. "The (increased) communication will solve a lot of the issues we have."

Ahumada and Williams will face-off in the Nov. 8 General Election. The winner in that race will take the school board seat currently held by Peggy Zeebuyth.

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