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Sarah Towell has filed for the open District 7 Yakima City Council seat.

Towell, now a stay-at-home mother after a career as a veterinary assistant, said she decided to file for the position because she disagreed with several decisions made by the council this year.

“I’ve been interested in government for awhile,” Towell said. “I figure if I don’t like what’s going on, I needed to run.”

If elected, Towell said her priorities would be finding better solutions for Yakima’s homelessness problem and the humane treatment of animals. She also would focus on bringing additional opportunities to Yakima’s low-income and struggling populations.

“I’ve been on the lower-income end of the spectrum, and I understand that people who are struggling need opportunities,” she said. “I want Yakima to be great and not just for a few.”

Councilwoman Holly Cousens, who represents District 7, filed for re-election. Tracey Bautista also filed for the position.

Filing for local office ended Friday. The primary is Aug. 6, with the general election on Nov. 5.

Towell said she had no photo of herself to share with the Yakima Herald-Republic for this story.

Editorial Note: This article has been updated to correct that Towell worked as a veterinary assistant.

Reach Lex Talamo at ltalamo@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @LexTalamo.