As of Wednesday, November 4, 2015
GRANDVIEW After the initial election-night tally, a 16 vote margin separates the Top 3 candidates for the Position No. 4 City Council race.
Leading the election race is Gaylord Brewer. He has just 12 more votes than Mary Barrett and 16 more than Betty Garza, with a total of 125 ballots counted in his favor. Barrett has 113 votes and Garza has 109.
At total of 443 ballots indicating the choice of Grandview voters were counted as of 8 p.m. last night.
There were two other candidates on the ballot, Joe Jensen and Pat Bratton, who earned the favor of 51 and 43 voters, respectively.
All three of the leading candidates were surprised by the news.
“I didn’t know I was in the lead,” Brewer said while at a late dinner Tuesday.
Just after the first-day ballots were counted, Barrett said, “This could be anybody’s race…there are people who only mailed their ballots today.”
Regardless of the outcome of the election, Garza said she will support the winner: “Whoever wins, so be it.”
If elected, Garza wants to connect with Hispanic community members. She wants to help them better understand the important role they can play in community.
“I’m glad I took a chance and ran (for election). It was a personal challenge and I am doing it for the people of Grandview,” Garza said.
Brewer said he is waiting to see what the eventual outcome of the election is.
“I’m just more interested that people make an informed decision…we need to plan for more than four years,” he said, stating the role of whoever wins the council seat will be to look to Grandview’s future.
Barrett said the election is close, but she won’t stop her effort to lobby for a new police station, regardless of the outcome.
“We really need it,” she said.
A new police station and city pool are two of the facilities upgrades Barrett said she believes are necessary for Grandview to continue providing the quality of life citizens deserve.
As of this morning, Yakima County Auditor Charles Ross said there were still 200 confirmed ballots from Grandview to be counted. The auditor’s office this morning received another 4,000 ballots from Yakima County voters, but it is unknown how many are from Grandview.
Election results will be updated daily, as needed, until they are certified on Tuesday, Nov. 24.