Thursday, September 22, 2005
Numerous Lower Valley ballots arrived at the Yakima County Courthouse Wednesday via mail, but they did little to change the initial results posted by the county auditor's office late Tuesday evening.
The one exception was the battle for the Sunnyside City Council Position No. 2 seat. Incumbent Mike Farmer still had 42 percent of the votes after 114 additional ballots were counted on Wednesday, but it is no longer a lock that he'll be facing Bruce Epps in November's General Election.
Epps had a 33-vote lead over Ignacio Joe Resendez in the first voting tabulations completed Tuesday evening. But with Wednesday's count, Epps' lead over Resendez has shrunk to just a 15-vote advantage.
County voting officials will continue accepting mail-in ballots, as long as they are postmarked by the date of this year's Primary Election (Sept. 20).
In the Mabton mayoral's race, 10-year Mabton City Council veteran Velva Herrera continues to hold a substantial lead over political newcomer Jaime Alaniz. Herrera increased her lead over Alaniz by two votes with Wednesday's count, maintaining a 51.7 percent to 30.2 percent advantage on the newcomer. Incumbent Mayor David Conradt, with just 18 percent of the total 172 votes cast in Mabton, appears already eliminated from November's General Election.
Jeanette Williams is still heads-and-shoulders above her two challengers in the race for Mabton School District, director of District No. 1. Of the 340 votes cast thus far, Williams has pulled in 226 of them (66.4 percent). The 10-vote lead Teresa Ahumada had on Rachel Ruelas Tuesday evening has been increased by one vote with Wednesday's count, which indicates that Ahumada will be advancing to the General Election.
In the last Lower Valley Primary Election race contested this week, Mark Meyer (561 votes) and Karen Veloz (423 votes) are all but shoo-ins for November's General Election. Vying for the Grandview School Board, the two easily outdistanced Libby Martinez, who currently has 260 votes.