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Bolan, Souders voters' favorites in Grandview City Council races

GRANDVIEW - If there is an election that proves every vote matters, it is last night's general election in Grandview.

Larry Bolan leads Javier "Harv" Rodriguez by a narrow margin of five votes, according to results provided by the Yakima County Auditor's office. The two are running for the Grandview City Council position 2 seat.

The results were posted on the elections website shortly after 8 p.m. last night, and a total of 651 voters marked the box next to their favorite candidate for the position. Of those, 326 voted for Bolan and 321 cast their vote for Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said he is disappointed in the results so far, but holds out hope that last minute ballots will give him a chance at winning the election.

"I figured it would be close, but I thought I might be ahead," he shared, stating he believes both he and Bolan are "...looking out to do the best we can for the city."

Bolan, too, shared his thoughts, stating he is appreciative of those who voted in the city of Grandview.

"I am pleased to be ahead by five votes. I feel I stuck my neck out there, stating my desire to trim the city budget...regardless of the end result, I'm still going to pursue what I believe is right for the city," he commented.

The Yakima County Elections Office reports having received a total of 37,432 ballots as of yesterday. More ballots will be received in the next few days.

Of the ballots received, 631 votes were cast in the election for the Grandview City Council position 1 seat. Incumbent Joan Souders leads challenger Mary Barrett with nearly 64 percent of the votes. Barrett received 228 votes to Souders' 402.

"I am humbled the voters have placed their confidence in me and I will work hard for them," said Souders.

Barrett provided a brief statement of her own. "Although the election outcome is unfortunate for myself, I urge the community to come to City Council meetings to obtain a deeper look into city operations and the numbers behind it," she said.

Both the City Council seats held by Pam Horner and Diana Jennings went uncontested. Horner received a total of 554 votes and Jennings supporters marked the box next to her name 562 times.

She said, "I am pleased to be able to continue the work I have started, and there are certain to be challenges ahead. I look forward to meeting those challenges, serving the community."

Two Grandview School Board positions were on the ballot. Zulma Reyes is seated for the Director District 2 position and was not challenged in the election, but she shared her thoughts for the benefit of the voters.

"It is with honor and humility that I accept this appointment. I would like to begin by recognizing those who were so generous in their support of my candidacy to the Grandview School District," she shared.

Reyes continued, saying it is her goal to prove she is worthy of serving on the school board, working with the staff, administrators and her fellow school board members to help students overcome difficulties and obstacles they may encounter.

Also on the ballot for the school board was Director District 5, Paul Jepson. A total of 845 voters cast their ballots for him.

Port of Grandview Commissioner District 2 Jim Sewell ran unopposed as well. He earned 884 votes in yesterday's election.

To his supporters he said, "I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Port of Grandview. We are working together to prepare, in this economy, to bring in new businesses."

Sewell said he considers it an honor to promote economic growth in Grandview.

Lupe Camacho, an election official, shared there are an additional number of ballots yet to be counted. Approximately 18,000 ballots have yet to be tabulated.

Ballots will be counted throughout the day and updates will be provided on the elections office website at approximately 4:30 p.m. each day leading up to the certification of the vote on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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