In the latest tabulations from the Yakima County Auditor's Office, both Sunnyside City Council candidate Bruce Epps and Mabton School Board candidate Teresa Ahumada appear to have garnered enough votes to move on to November's General Election.
The voting totals released last Friday by county election officials show that Epps now has a 21-vote lead on Ignacio Joe Resendez in the race for Position #2 on the Sunnyside City Council. With what many consider to be all of the mail-in ballots already counted, Epps will now move on to face the leading vote-getter in the Primary Election, incumbent Mike Farmer.
Currently the Mayor Pro-Tem of Sunnyside, Farmer collected 592 votes in the September election. Epps' Primary Election total stands at 420 votes. Resendez is sitting on a 399-vote total.
Ahumada's 12-vote lead on Rachel Ruelas, as of last Thursday, shrunk to just a 10-vote margin after Friday's count of ballots. But, even though the election results haven't yet been certified, it appears that Ahumada has a big enough lead over Ruelas to move on to the General Election in the race for Position #1 on the Mabton School Board. In November's election, Ahumada will face a stiff challenge from the top vote-getter in the Primary Election-Jeanette Williams, who garnered 230 votes to Ahumada's 62 votes.