Prosser — A tech-savvy incumbent and a newcomer to Prosser politics prevailed Tuesday night in Prosser City Council elections, according to early election returns.
Morgan Everett, a two-term incumbent, earned 65 percent of the vote, topping challenger Rene Rojas to retain the Position 2 seat.
Deb Brumley, a former newspaper editor who has held elected office in other cities, beat Linda Gorst with 76 percent to win the Position 3 seat that Jason Rainer will vacate at the end of the year.
In the Position 1 race, Don Aubrey, a former council member from several years ago, easily defeated fellow challenger Trevor Day, gathering 78 percent of the vote. The two both beat incumbent Ernie Troemel in the August primary, but Day effectively dropped out of the race and yielded to Aubrey.
Everett, a 34-year-old software engineer, envisions a technologically advanced city.
Already, the council saves money on printing by using iPads for meetings and contracts for police dispatch service with a regional provider.
Everett warned voters he never favors cost increases but they should expect incremental hikes in utility charges as the city pays for renovations to the sewer system. He also would like to expand an agreement with the Prosser Boys and Girls Club to offer youth programs.