Yakima

Yakima General Election 2023

This guide wont tell you who to vote for, but should help you make the choice for yourself. 

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Yakima City Council District 1

District 1 includes part of northeast Yakima.

Dulce Gutierrez

Dulce Gutierrez

Dulce Gutierrez is a former Yakima City Council member and former assistant mayor. She was one of the first elected Latina Yakima City Council members in 2015, after the city redistricted by order of a federal judge who found that the city’s council elections had suppressed the Latino vote in violation of the federal 1964 Voting Rights Act. Gutierrez opted not to run for re-election in 2019, but ran for Yakima County Commissioner, Position 2, three years later as a Democrat, when she lost to Republican Kyle Kurtis. Gutierrez is a immigration legal service provider and union organizer for the Washington State Labor Council. She said that because she has previously served on the Council she understands the challenges the Yakima community faces, and “prioritizes public safety, well-maintained roads, and family-friendly parks.” Gutierrez has raised at least $9,100 and has spent more than $1,300 for her campaign so far.

Leo Roy

Leo Roy

Republican Leo Roy has been a small-business owner for more than 20 years in the Yakima Valley. A graduate of West Valley High School, Roy does not have any elected experience, but is active in his local church and provides AV services to numerous local nonprofit organizations, including Parker Youth, OIC, Henry Beauchamp Center, and the Downtown Association. He said he’s honored to be endorsed by the Yakima County Republican Party, and said he is committed to supporting small businesses and advocating for free downtown parking. “I believe in being tough on crime to ensure the safety of our community,” Roy said. He is also dedicated to finding effective solutions for homelessness, and is a strong proponent of the MLK pool in downtown Yakima. Roy has raised at least $8,800 and spent more than $4,500 for his campaign so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. 

Yakima City Council District 3

District 3 includes south central Yakima.

Patricia Byers

Patricia Byers

Incumbent Patricia Byers, a former mayor of Yakima, is running unopposed. Before retiring in 2015, she owned a private counseling service in downtown Yakima. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Central Washington University and a long background in behavioral health. She says volunteerism has always been a consistent part of her life, and she has served as a board member for the Yakima Schools Foundation, Haven House, the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, and the Downtown Association of Yakima. She is a licensed pastor with the Foursquare International Church and serves in the Yakima Foursquare Church as a volunteer. In May, she and fellow Councilmember Matt Brown voted against a city proclamation declaring June Pride Month in the city of Yakima. Byers and Brown were outvoted 5-2, and Yakima recognized Pride Month this year. Byers has raised at least $1,300 and spent more than $1,600 for her campaign so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. 

 

Yakima City Council District 5

District 5 includes north central Yakima, including the Powerhouse Canal Pathway.

Rick Glenn

Rick Glenn

Rick Glenn is a property manager who manages his family’s rentals. Glenn is also president of the Yakima Valley Landlords Association and has worked as a banker, production manager and retail store manager. Glenn was raised in Zillah, Wash., graduated from Sunnyside High School, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. In a news release, Glenn said state and local leaders “consistently enact regulations that increase the cost of housing.” Glenn’s priorities include affordable housing, crime and homelessness. He is also a proponent of free parking downtown. Glenn's campaign has raised more than $18,000 and has spent at least $5,600 so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Soneya Lund

Soneya Lund

Incumbent Soneya Lund, currently assistant mayor, has been a small-business owner in Yakima for more than 20 years. She graduated from West Valley High School and is an alumna of Seattle Pacific University. Her community service includes serving on the board of Rod’s House, a nonprofit serving homeless youth, and volunteering as an overnight monitor for the young adult homeless shelter. She is also a member of the Yakima Downtown Rotary Club. Lund’s policy goals are to focus on affordable housing, combating homelessness and reducing “red tape and helping streamline government processes” to encourage economic development in Yakima. She has raised at least $17,600 and more than $300 for her campaign so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. 

Yakima City Council District 7

District 7 includes southern parts of Yakima’s West Valley, including Apple Tree.

Reedy Berg

Reedy Berg

Reedy Berg wants to “reignite small businesses” and bring new ones by cleaning up the city and focusing on homelessness and crime. An alumnus of Gonzaga University, Berg wants to bring “conservative ideas in order to make Yakima a better place for families and businesses.” Berg says incumbent Holly Cousens doesn’t adequately prepare for City Council meetings. Berg promises to “read and study the issues before voting on what directly affects you!” Berg’s campaign has raised at least $3,400 and has spent more than $3,400 so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Holly Cousens

Holly N. Cousens

Incumbent Holly Cousens was a former assistant mayor in Yakima and is passionate about education. A graduate of Eisenhower High School, she started her college career with a two-year business management and marketing degree from Yakima Valley Community College, then went on to get a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and human Resources and two master’s degrees in organizational leadership and business administration (MBA) from the City University of Seattle. Cousens has raised at least $6,800 and has spent more than $1,500 for her campaign so far, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

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