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Race ahead for Port of Sunnyside seat

YAKIMA - Brent Cleghorn of Sunnyside will oppose incumbent Jeff Matson for the Port of Sunnyside's District 2 commissioner seat.

That's according to election filings at the Yakima County Courthouse as of press time today.

Cleghorn said he's vying for the post because he wants to promote private property rights and attract new business to Sunnyside.

Of his eight years of service on the Sunnyside Planning Commission, Cleghorn said he would like to move from serving on an advisory board to instead being on a decision-making body.

"I'm a property rights guy and people should have control of their property and not be pushed around by port districts or city government," Cleghorn said. "I've seen that a little bit."

While praising efforts by the port's executive director, Amber Hansen, Cleghorn added, "I feel that we need to put more of an emphasis on that."

Also filing as of press time were three Lower Valley incumbents who signed up in a bid to retain their seats.

Two of them were for the city of Grandview, where Mayor Norm Childress and City Councilman Bill Moore filed to run for re-election.

"Here in Grandview we really have some momentum," Childress said of current and future improvements in the city such as the city/YVCC joint library and new community center. "We have a really good staff and council. We have a plan for the future and it's important to keep that going."

Combining his experience on the planning commission, city council and as mayor, Childress has about 20 years of service to the city. "I'd like to continue that for another four years," he said.

Moore said he, too, wants to see Grandview's progress continue.

"I want to help make a difference in our community and see it continue to thrive and grow," he said.

The third was Mabton City Councilman Mario Martinez.

Martinez could not be reached for comment.

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