City of Wapato
- Council, Position 1
- Council, Position 2
- Council, Position 4
- Council, Position 5
- Council, Position 6
- Council, Position 7 At-Large
- Description of Office
4 year short/full term
As a 4th generation Wapato resident, I have served since 2016 as a council member and fought hard for an open government that listens to the Citizens. I am asking for your support to be the next Mayor so that we can make Wapato a better place to live and to raise our children. I will restore our police and fire departments; I will work hard to restore the financial condition of our community; and I will support our business community to encourage growth. We need to work together to fix the mess caused by our current City Administration.
Joseph (JC) Wofford
I am running for Mayor of Wapato, I was born and raised in this beautiful community, I attended Wapato schools k-12, graduated from Wapato high school in 2001. My family and I have owned and operated a towing company in the Wapato area for over 60 years. I not only live in the city, my life is this city. I want the opportunity as Mayor, to bring this city back to its full potential. The Future is now. I am asking for your vote.
Council, Position 1
2 year unexpired term
Timothy James Roa
"My name is Timothy James Roa, I was born in Toppennish and I have been a resident here in Wapato all my life. That being mentioned, I have decided that I want to contribute back to it, as it has to me.
Sure, I am 22 years old and can be perceived to be too young for politics, however I want to encourage fellow young people to get into this realm to not only benefit them but their future as well. I am not afraid to work or learn, and I just want to benefit this community."
Council, Position 2
2 year unexpired term
My mission for City Council is to help and guide the citizens to work together to improve Wapato! As candidate for position #2 for the Wapato City Council I will do my best to look at each ordinance and make decisions that best fits for the community. My interest to be involved with council stems from the acknowledgment of the need of hope to restore trust and respect for the community. I would like to join the council to contribute my leadership skills I learned as student body president in college. Vote Edwin Andrade for Council Position #2.
Council, Position 4
4 year short/full term
I was born and raised in Wapato. Graduated in 1989 from Wapato HS. My ties to the community run deep. My vision for making the City of Wapato better is four points; more community involvement, community awareness, encourage youth activities and bring more businesses to the city. Having a strong faith, I believe that all this is possible. My vision is getting “Wapato to be home again”
I have lived in the Wapato area for over 40 years. I am embarrassed by the Washington State Auditor’s report of egregious violations of law. I will propose open government. Encourage and allow citizens to voice their opinions. I will respect all citizens and be accessible to all citizens. City council should work within the municipal codes and act in the cities best interest. I will work within the city budget and vote responsibly. I will work for the citizens of Wapato. I am asking for your vote.
Council, Position 5
4 year short/full term
Frances M. Ayres
My family has lived in Yakima Valley for 5 generations. My husband retired from the US Navy in 1992 and we moved to Wapato in 2004. I have been working to make Wapato better. I remember visiting my grandmother as a child and Wapato was a nice, safe place. I would like to help with the restructuring of the Wapato City Government. It is not going to be easy but it can be done. I will work honestly for the citizens of Wapato.
Council, Position 6
4 year short/full term
As a local business owner and longtime community advocate, I believe we should embrace our differences and pursue new ideas to ensure a brighter future for us all. I'm running for Wapato City Council to bring the new, creative, transparent, and ethical solutions we need.
My priorities: Improve Public Safety — work with our public safety officials to target and eliminate property crime and dramatically increase our police and fire resources.
Enhance Residents' Quality of Life — seek partnerships with Yakama Nation, outreach programs and crisis prevention facilities to address and help our homeless population.
Vote "Judi Owens-Canapo"!
Contact: 509-930-0562; Judioc6@gmail.com
Rosemary "Rosie" Reyes
As a lifelong resident of Wapato, I want to help better the community for my family and fellow community members. I promise to do my part and get answers to questions we’ve been asking the City of Wapato. I only have the best interest of the city in mind. I promise to be honest and open minded in hopes of gaining a wonderful learning experience and get to know more of my fellow Wapatonians. I hope to be a part of putting Wapato back onto a brighter path.
Council, Position 7 At-Large
2 year term
I have lived in Wapato for 57 years. I have one son, three daughters and 14 grandchildren. I am bilingual and biliterate and I believe this is an asset for communicating with English and Spanish speaking citizens. These are very difficult times for the City of Wapato. I will work hard to bring back our fire department and first responders. Public safety is my biggest concern. I want the opportunity to help the city of Wapato to be a better place for all of us as a community.
Karina M. Lara
If elected to the Wapato City Council, I will do my best to put the interest of the citizens first. I will serve without looking for personal gain or have any hidden agenda. I am bilingual, making me accessible to all members of the community. I believe transparency is the foundation of public trust. I have lived in Wapato my entire life and I am looking forward to serving my community. We need to be the change we want to see. I am asking for your vote.
In Washington cities and towns, the council, as the legislative body, are authorized to levy taxes and must furnish police and fire protection. They establish local laws and policies, consistent with state law, usually through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions; and also exercise general oversight and control over the city’s finances, primarily through the budget process. They may require and issue licenses for the purpose of regulations and/or revenue; may grant various franchises and acquire and operate certain types of public utilities. They may enact zoning ordinances, and may purchase, lease, condemn, or otherwise acquire real and personal property for city purposes. It is ordinarily the council’s function to create subordinate positions, prescribe duties and establish salaries.
Cities are generally classified on the basis of population. In some instances, the powers and obligations of the municipality are determined by the class to which it belongs.
Under the Optional Municipal Code, any city or town, regardless of population, may select to become a non-charter code city and be governed under the Optional Municipal Code rather than under existing statutes relating to the class of city to which it belongs. Cities organized under the Optional Municipal Code must adopt either the mayor-council or council-manager plan unless the city was previously organized under the commission form of government.Types of City Government:
There are three principal forms of government used by Washington cities: 1) mayor-council, 2) council-manager and
3) commission. The basic difference between the three forms of city government is the placement of responsibility for the administration of the city and the relationship of the administrative officer to the legislative or policy-making body to the public. Non-Charter Code Cities in Yakima County include: Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Moxee, Selah, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenish, Union Gap, and Zillah. Yakima is classified as a 1st Class City with a charter; Wapato is classified as a 2nd Class City; Harrah and Naches are classified as 4th Class Cities or Towns.
Basic to a council-manager system is the belief that the policy-making and administrative functions of the city should be separate. Therefore, the council, which determines city policies and is politically responsible for its actions, selects a city manager who serves as the chief administrator of the city. The manager is accountable to the council for the proper performance of his/her duties and serves at the pleasure of that body.
In some Washington council-manager cities, the mayor is chosen biennially from among the city council members at the first meeting of the new council. In other cities of the council-manager type, the voters choose the presiding council officer. The mayor retains all the rights, privileges, and immunities of other council members, presides at meetings, is recognized as the head of the city for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for the purposes of military law. However, the mayor does not have veto power or any regular administrative duties. In an emergency, and if so authorized by the city council, the mayor takes command of the police, maintains law, and enforces order.Mayor-Council Cities (Grandview, Granger, Harrah, Mabton, Moxee, Naches, Selah, Tieton, Wapato, Zillah):
The mayor is the chief administrative officer. In addition, he/she is the political head of the city, and as presiding officer of the city council, is active in the development of city policies. Thus, he/she is responsible both for determining policy and for seeing that the policy is carried out.
A variation of the mayor-council form of government present in Washington cities involves allowing the council to override many of the mayor’s decisions. The development of public policy, under this form, is primarily the responsibility of the city council, and the job of the mayor is one of coordination rather than leadership.