YAKIMA, Wash. — Local business owner Soneya Lund plans to run for Yakima City Council.
Lund has owned and operated Saol Salon in Yakima since 2001. She will run for the District 5 position, now held by Mayor Kathy Coffey. Coffey has said she does not intend to seek re-election (see related story on 1A).
Filing for local office takes place May 13-17. The primary is Aug. 6 with the general election on Nov. 5.
“I am running for City Council because I believe the people of Yakima want an informed leader committed to responsible financial management and dedicated to the growth our community deserves,” Lund said in a news release. “My experience as a business owner for almost two decades has given me the experience necessary to lead effectively and with vision.”
Lund was born in South Korea while her father was serving in the Navy. She grew up in Yakima and graduated from West Valley High School and Seattle Pacific University. She returned to Yakima in 2001 to raise her children.
She has been a foster parent, serves on the board of Rod’s House, is a member of the Yakima Rotary Club and the Leadership Yakima Class of 2019, and volunteers as an overnight monitor for the Young Adult Homeless Shelter.
She said she hopes to focus on the city’s finances, council accessibility and communication, and economic growth by enticing small business and industry to Yakima.
“We have great potential, land and resources, and it’s a great area to live and work,” she said in an interview.
Business owner and former state House candidate Liz Hallock also plans to run for the seat.
Yakima council seats held by Coffey, Dulce Gutierrez, Carmen Mendez and Holly Cousens are up for election this year.