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Hancock, Rodriguez overtake opponents

Sunnyside City Council challengers Mike Farmer and Don Vlieger held on to their leads, according to the latest ballot count published yesterday, Wednesday.

At the same time, two other races saw narrow lead changes.

As of 4:15 p.m. yesterday, Farmer was leading Jesse Hernandez Jr. in the District 2 race by 626 to 433 votes, an edge of 58.89 to 40.73 percent.

Vlieger saw Tuesday's 26-vote lead expand to 29 votes, 535-504, over District 3 incumbent Carol Stone.

In the third Sunnyside City Council race, challenger Jason Raines lost the one-vote lead he held on Tuesday as District 1 incumbent Theresa Hancock rallied for a 20-vote lead, 525-505.

There was also a change of fortune in Grandview, as Larry Bolan surrendered his five-vote lead in the city council Position 2 race. Opponent Javier Rodriguez moved ahead 357-354.

There were no changes in yesterday's other close race, the contest for Mabton City Council, Position 3. The latest election results show Mark Gourneau leading Maria Cepeda-Rose 56-51.

There may be more changes in store for the Lower Valley's tight races as according to the Yakima County elections office there are approximately 299 votes still to count in Sunnyside, 289 more in Grandview and 58 more in Mabton.

The Yakima County Auditor's office will release the next count at 4:30 p.m. today.

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