YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Mayor Kathy Coffey says it’s time for fresh ideas on the City Council, and she doesn’t plan to run for re-election this year.
“I’m probably not going to. After three terms, that’s enough,” she said in a phone interview Monday. “It’s not supposed to be a profession or a career. I think it’s time.”
She said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time on the Council, but “good ideas, fresh ideas are good for the community. Other people can step up to the plate and take it from there.”
Local business owners Soneya Lund and Liz Hallock have announced plans to file for Coffey’s District 5 seat. Coffey said she decided to make her intentions known because of the early candidate announcements. Filing for local office doesn’t officially open until May.
The primary is Aug. 6 and the general election Nov. 5, so Coffey has almost a year of service left.
“It used to be that people would stay (on the Council) for a long time,” she said. In the last two to four years, new people with different experiences won election to the council, which has been beneficial, she said.
Coffey was the president and CEO of the Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau from 1988 to 2007. She won a seat on the Yakima City Council when she retired that year and has served on the Council since. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Yakima and the Association of Washington Cities. She ran unsuccessfully for state House as a Republican last year.
She doesn’t have plans to seek another elected office, she said.
Yakima’s mayor is selected by the Council and is largely a ceremonial position.