The primary election is Tuesday and area residents have until 8 p.m. that day to turn in their ballots.
Turnout in Yakima County so far is less than 18 percent, with 9,645 ballots returned so far out of 53,993 ballots issued.
Yakima voters will narrow down the list of candidates in two City Council elections where incumbents have challengers.
Councilman Bill Lover faces longtime community organizer Carole Folsom-Hill and real estate business owner Enrique Jevons for Position No. 7, an at-large seat. For Position No. 5, incumbent and radio host Dave Ettl is being challenged by Charles Noel, a product developer, and Isidro “Sid” Reynaga, a car salesman.
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Yakima residents will also vote on Proposition 1, which would change the city charter to require a dedicated street construction fund of $2 million annually. No new taxes are called for.
Two Sunnyside City Council elections will also appear on the ballot, with incumbent Theresa Hancock facing Robert Perales and Emanuel Santana Walle, and another incumbent, Don Vlieger facing Victor Ochoa and Spencer Martin.
Prosser City Council incumbent Ernest Troemel faces two challengers, Trevor Day and Don Aubrey, in the primary.
Toppenish School District Position 3 director Richard Lommers will be challenged in the primary by candidates Aurora Vela Sandoval and Vivian DelaRosa.
In the Position No. 2 commissioner race for Fire Protection District No. 2, commissioner Ken Pendleton faces Rex Reed and Ron Johnson.
Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or be dropped off in person at the Yakima County Courthouse. The Yakima County Auditor’s Office has dropboxes available in its office, as well as at the main entrance to the Yakima County Courthouse and across the street from the building to the north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Ballot dropboxes will also be available at Toppenish High School and the Sunnyside WorkSource office from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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