PROSSER -- Morgan Everett of Prosser is seeking his third term on the Prosser City Council in the Nov. 5 election.
Challenging him for the Position 2 seat is Rene Rojas, who never has held office but would like to be the voice of Prosser's citizens on the council.
He said he's a single, Hispanic man living in downtown Prosser, a city he calls home.
He works as an elections assistant in the Benton County Auditor's Office and said one of his major concerns is being money smart when it comes to tax dollars.
"I know that sometimes you need to spend money to get the best, but at the same time I want to bring a sense of frugality to Prosser," Rojas said.
Rojas said tourism is another important issue.
"When you Google 'Yakima Valley,' 'Prosser' hardly ever comes up. We're a hidden gem and need to put ourselves out there as a tourist destination," he said.
Everett has served on the council since being appointed in 2005 and elected later that year and in 2009. He grew up in the Yakima Valley and has lived in Prosser for 10 years.
Everett, a software engineer, has owned a software development company for seven years in Union Gap. His company develops software for public safety agencies across the country.
One of his priorities as councilman is "making the city be very careful with spending, but leverage each dollar working with the Boys and Girls Club, and really make some improvements to the local parks," he said in an email to the Herald.
Everett has served on the Prosser Fire District 3 board and been chairman of the Prosser States Day and Great Prosser Balloon Rally committees.
He has a daughter and is engaged to a woman who has three children. One of the strengths he brings to the council is "the perspective of a young family."
"I hope to serve the community of Prosser and help secure planned growth and prosperity for the community," Everett said in an email to the Herald.
Council members serve four year terms and receive $40 per meeting.
For the most part there are three a month, two regular council meetings and one workshop. They also receive $20 for attending any mayor-appointed subcommittee they serve on.
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