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Races forming for council seats

Grandview voters will have at least one primary election to decide, as two city council positions have drawn multiple contestants.

In election filing yesterday at the Yakima County Courthouse, Bill Moore, Javier Rodriguez and Lawrence Bolan all filed for the position 5 council seat now held by Bill Flory, who announced he will not seek re-election. None of the three could be reached for comment.

The three candidates join Mary Barrett, who filed on Monday, in seeking election to the seat.

All four candidates will be on the ballot for the primary election on Aug. 21, with the top two finishers advancing to the general election on Nov. 6. A primary race is held in those races where there are three or more contenders.

A second Grandview City Council race developed yesterday, as Mike Bren filed for the position 4 seat. Bren will face incumbent Helen Darr, who previously filed to run.

Bren, a former Grandview City councilman and mayor, said his involvement in time consuming projects such as the Wal-Mart distribution center and YVCC's use of the old Safeway building made him feel that he needed a break from public life.

"It became an every day involvement with trips to Olympia," Bren said of his time in office.

Bren is currently a Port of Grandview commissioner, but says he misses being involved with city government.

"I really enjoyed that," he said. "I'd like to believe I was making a difference as far as community life."

Also yesterday, Sunnyside School Board incumbent Rocky Simmons filed in a re-election bid for his district 1 seat.

Over in Mabton, city council incumbent Vera Zavala filed yesterday to run for her position 5 seat.

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