Tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline to file to run for public office in Yakima County. Four more candidates threw their hats into the ring during Wednesday's filing period, including two new faces for voters to meet.
City of Sunnyside
The race for the Dist. 3 seat on the Sunnyside City Council has a third candidate now. High School teacher Spencer Martin will be vying for the seat currently held by Deputy Mayor Don Vlieger.
"I'm proud to be from Sunnyside and proud to live here," said Martin. "I graduated in 1986 and left to serve in the U.S. Navy. My wife and I made the decision to return to our hometown so our kids could go to high school here and graduate from Sunnyside."
Martin said he wants to be part of the decision-making process and to help Sunnyside leadership become stable again.
"I think I can do a really good job in helping guide the city policies so we can increase the quality of life in Sunnyside," he said. "We can keep our students engaged in after-school activities and make the community safer."
City of Grandview
A familiar face is back running for position 1 on the Grandview City Council. Incumbent Joan Souders is seeking re-election to her seat.
"I've enjoyed serving and I wish to continue to serve the citizens of Grandview the best I know how," she said. "I feel like I've served the community well. I'm really open to listening to citizens. I just want to continue."
City of Mabton
Another incumbent is looking to return to his position on the Mabton City Council. Mark Gourneau filed to be re-elected to position 3.
"It's the right thing to do, I'm used to doing it and I've been doing it the last three years," said Gourneau. "I want to stay involved in the community. I've learned a lot from it and I want to continue learning."
Grandview School District
In a press release on Tuesday, the Yakima County Auditor's office announced that due to the resignation of Lydia Moreno, the Grandview School Board director district 1 position will be on this year's ballot. Candidates have the rest of this week to file for Moreno's seat.
The position already has one candidate. Antonio Sanchez filed Wednesday to run for the seat.
"I'm concerned about the kids and I want them to succeed," said Sanchez. "I want to bridge the gap between parents and school and get the parents more involved. My wife worked with migrant school children last year and we learned there are a lot of parents that don't understand the importance of getting an education.
"I believe I can bridge the gap and make a connection between different cultures," he added.