Tom Sund has filed for the open District 3 Yakima City Council seat.
Sund, 73, has lived in Yakima since 1976. He received a degree from the Mortuary Science School San Francisco and is retired after more than 33 years as a funeral director.
He also has more than 12 years working with law enforcement, serving as a dispatcher for the Washington State Patrol and the Yakima County Sheriff’s office and as a 911 call taker.
Sund said he decided to run for the position because he has concerns about how the council has handled matters this year. Key among those include the council’s public censure of Councilwoman Kay Funk, the hiring of Police Chief Matthew Murray, and other decisions made by City Manager Cliff Moore.
“We need common sense on the City Council,” Sund said. “I am looking to bring transparency, open government and communication.”
If elected, Sund said he would make it a priority to support police and firefighters. He also wants to improve and maintain city streets.
Sund said he would make himself available to the public.
“There needs to be more open communication with the constituents,” he said. “I want to be more available to the constituents in District 3 and to make sure that everyone is heard. I am willing to listen and learn.”
Sund said he will not put up campaign signs or accept campaign contributions, but he will be attend public forums.
Councilwoman Carmen Mendez, who represents District 3, is not seeking re-election. Patricia Byers and Berenice Ponce have also filed for the position.
Filing for local office ended Friday. The primary is Aug. 6, with the general election Nov. 5.