City of Yakima
- Council, District 1
- Council, District 3
- Council, District 5
- Council, District 7
- Description of Office
Council, District 1
4 year term
Eliana Macias is a lifelong resident of east Yakima, and lead dental assistant at ViewCrest Pediatric Dentistry at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Eliana is strongly committed to underserved families and advocating for the welfare of children.
Eliana will work to secure resources for public safety and gang prevention, increase career and apprenticeship opportunities, and continue community investments for our most vulnerable communities. She has advocated for the City of Yakima to make safety improvements to District 1 and understands residential concerns across east Yakima through personal experience.
Vote Eliana Macias to support public safety and opportunities for all.
Our neighborhood needs a voice in City Hall, a representative who will fight hard for East Yakima and for our special needs. I want to be that person. I want to be that voice.
I want to work with my friend Councilman Jason White — who represents Southeast Yakima and endorses my campaign — to make sure the eastside is treated like the rest of the city.
I will work hard to solve our parking and street light problems and to provide wholesome and fun activities for our children, including an eastside swimming pool and an expanded youth center in Miller Park.
Council, District 3
4 year term
Active in the Yakima community for 40+ years, Patricia currently chairs the City Planning Commission, is an Ambassador with the Chamber of Commerce, a volunteer with Downtown Association of Yakima, a volunteer licensed pastor at Yakima Foursquare Church, and a host home for Yakima Pippins. Past involvements include: Yakima Schools Foundation, All America City Team, Henry Beauchamp Community Center, Safe Yakima Valley, and Haven House. Patricia's Masters Degree is from CWU and she was a Mental Health Professional for 23 years. Previously she was a YMCA Director for 14 years. She will continue to serve, honor and lead with integrity.
Thomas B. Sund
I am running on a platform of common sense, transparency and communication.
A resident since 1976, I was a local funeral director and spent 12 years with law enforcement, a dispatcher for the Washington State Patrol, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and retired as a 911 call taker.
I have concerns about how council matters have been handled. Key among those are the council’s public censure of Councilwoman Kay Funk, hiring process of the Yakima Police Chief, and decisions made by the City Manager.
A priority would be given to support police, firefighters, 911, streets, sidewalks and lighting.
Council, District 5
4 year term
Soneya Lund grew up in Yakima. Soneya has owned a business for the last twenty years and is dedicated to making Yakima the place to run a business. She is committed to improving economic growth. She has previously been a foster parent and is currently serving on the Rod's House Board and is dedicated to improving quality of life for all. Soneya is running for office because she can make a difference in the community — we all can, because it's our Yakima. She lives with her husband, Peter Lund and her sons. For more information about Soneya, please visit www.soneyalund.com
Liz Hallock strives to expand economic opportunity to everyone in Yakima by improving our quality of life scores that large employers look at when they decide to set up shop. A huge sports fan, Liz Hallock believes that true champions are team players. Liz will be the force on the City Council that will encourage the strengths of all the members in order to bring more professionalism and accountability to the council. Liz supports the Police Union, government transparency, and free speech.
Liz is a graduate of Princeton, lawyer, business owner-operator, and a fiscal conservative.
Council, District 7
4 year term
Holly N. Cousens
As your City Council representative for District 7 – I ask for your support as I seek re-election. I will honor your vote by keeping basic services, fiscal responsibility, and public safety front-and-center when making decisions. I voted to move a community impacting decision to a public vote. I initiated public forums to listen to voter concerns and followed through with action – implementing traffic lights and school crossings on 40th and 72nd Avenues’ without raising your taxes or fees. There’s much more to do and I’m here to serve you. I thank you for your confidence and I appreciate your vote.
I grew up in Selah and have lived in Yakima most of my life. As a child I enjoyed going to our local parks and Greenway, I want to keep our parks a safe place for the people of Yakima and their families to enjoy. We need to work on finding long term solutions to help our homeless populations and struggling lower income citizens to get a hand up. I will listen to the concerns of the people of Yakima.
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.