A City Council race in Granger became tighter on Wednesday as more ballots were counted, according to unofficial results.
Hilda Guzmán picked up 16 additional votes, giving her 72 votes, shrinking her first-place lead to three votes. She was followed by Israel Bustamante Luevano with 69 votes and Granger Councilwoman Maria Gonzalez with 60. The top two finishers will move on to the general election
Nov. 5. Tuesday, Gonzalez had a 46-45 lead on Bustamante Luevano.
Meanwhile, Selah Park and Recreation Service Area’s maintenance and operation levy for the Selah Aquatic Center gained nearly a percentage point but is still below the 60 percent required for passage.
SPRSA’s $250,000 maintenance-and-
operations levy for the Wixson Park pool gained additional support, with the measure at 2,622-1,829, or 58.9 percent in favor, an increase from 58 percent Tuesday night.
To pass, the measure must have at least 60 percent approval from voters. Last year, a $305,000 levy failed when it fell just shy of 60 percent, prompting the Selah Parks Foundation to conduct a fund-drive to raise $100,000 for an abbreviated swim season this year.
Yakima Council races
The outcome of Yakima City Council races didn’t change, though Liz Hallock gained some ground for a second-place spot in the District 5 race. Soneya Lund had 681 votes Wednesday, while Hallock had 596 and Mark Collins had 555, a 41-vote difference between the second and third spot. Eleven votes separated Hallock and Collins on Tuesday night.
In other races, Kenton Gartrell and Eliana Macias will advance in the District 1 race; Patricia Byers and Thomas Sund will advance in the District 3 race; and Holly Cousens and Sarah Towell will move forward in the District 7 race.
Turnout was up to 26.8 percent countywide on Wednesday, with more ballots to be counted on Thursday.