Many incumbents came out on top Tuesday in races for leadership roles in cities throughout the Yakima Valley, according to initial ballot counts.
In two contested City Council races, one incumbent was leading while another incumbent was trailing a former council member.
Former Councilman Mike Farmer was leading incumbent Julia Hart for Position 5, with 54 percent of the vote, or 235 to 197.
With nearly 65 percent of the votes, incumbent Craig Hicks was ahead of Betty Lynn Garza in the race for Position 7, or 278 to 149 votes.
Incumbent Jim Restucci was unopposed for Position 6.
This Upper Valley city looks likely to keep its top leadership as Mayor Dewane Ashbrooks was leading Kenneth Mannin with 62 percent of the votes, or 29 to 18. There were no write-in candidates.
Two council seats were up for election this year, and in both cases incumbents ran unopposed — Amy Oberrender for Position 4 and Jacqueline Williams for Position 5.
Increasing civic engagement topped the goals of both candidates seeking the Granger City Council Position 5 seat, so it’s safe to say that will be a priority of Hilda Guzman, who was leading Israel Bustamante Luevano in the voting. The amiable contest was close, with Guzman getting 54 percent and Luevano 46 percent, or 75 to 65 votes.
Mayor Jose Trevino was holding off a challenge by City Councilwoman Julie M. Sharp, currently in her third term. Trevino had 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Sharp, or 75 to 62.
Juan Isiordia was unopposed in seeking the Council 4 position.
The race between former and current City Council members was close as former Councilman Randy Taylor, with 47 percent of the vote, was just behind Councilwoman Naila Prieto-Duval for Position 6. With 53 percent of the vote, Prieto-Duval led 134 to 117.
Two other council seats up for election had only one candidate: George Garcia was unopposed for Position 5 and Loren Belton was unopposed for Position 7.
A longtime incumbent will retain his role as a City Council member.
Joseph W. Jensen’s challenge of incumbent Gaylord Brewer for the Position 4 seat was the only contested Grandview race. Jensen fell short, with 38 percent of the vote to 61 percent for Brewer, or 137 to 221.
Mayor Gloria Mendoza and council members Diana Jennings (Position 3), Bill Moore (Position 5), David Diaz (Position 6) and Mike Everett (Position 7) were unopposed.
Moxee Maravell A. Gonsioroski came up short against David S. Mullen in the race for Position 3 on the City Council. Mullen had nearly 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Gonsioroski, or 119 to 82.
For mayor, Gregory Lloyd LaBree was unopposed, while two council seats — Positions 4
and 5 — also had just
one candidate each,
David Roy and Larry Frank.