MABTON - Angel Reyna and Daniel Jun are each vying for the Mabton mayoral seat come the November election.
Reyna, a councilman for four years, feels that it's only natural to move to the next level of municipal leadership.
"I think change is necessary," said Reyna, a nearly lifelong citizen of the small town. "After four years on council, I think it's time to take it to the next step."
Reyna, who currently works as the director for work force education at YVCC's Yakima campus, feels that his experience in municipal government will contribute to the city moving forward. He said in the past four years he has learned much about laws regarding governance and has had to learn intimately how the auditing process works, following Mabton's most recent and disastrous audit.
Not only does Reyna feel that his experience is a qualification, but that his college education is also.
In terms of the best course of action for Mabton to take financially, Reyna says knowing the city's financial numbers is critical. "It's all contingent on seeing if we can get the numbers up to date and see how big of a hole we are or are not in." Once the numbers are set, he'd then like to lead the city in creating a budget and sticking to it.
He also sees the need for experienced individuals to fill two police positions, as well as the city clerk position.
Reyna said, "I'm committed to seeing Mabton improve and get better. I think we've seen the ugliest in politics already." He also feels he can effectively communicate with the city council.
Jun has 35 years of business experience, which he feels would be beneficial should he be selected to fill the mayoral seat.
Jun owns two convenience-type stores, one in Mabton and one in Zillah. He's been a Mabton resident for three years and was shocked to learn that the city's finances are in such a mess. What Jun wants is to seize every financial opportunity that exists to benefit Mabton.
"I'm going to check every grant out there that's available, whether it's county, state or federal (funds)," said Jun. "I'll sacrifice myself to do anything (to benefit the city's finances)."
Jun said his sister has lived in Mabton for 17 years and he's never really seen the city advance in many areas.
He's in shock over the city's financial crisis and how it got there. "They really don't know where we stand. At least I can find what's available in funds to the city. I don't think I can do it right away, but I could do it better than how it's been done in the past four years."