Strong mayor, Selah school bond may make another run
YAKIMA, Wash- Yakima's strong mayor proposal and the Selah school bond didn't pass Tuesday night but supporters are keeping hope alive.
Even if ballots that trickle in over the next few days aren't enough to pass the measures, it the tally still makes for very close races. Close enough in fact that there are already talks of putting the issues up for vote again this year.
Bruce Smith, an advocate for the switch to a strong mayor, says the measure has failed so far because undecided people voted no, something he thinks could change the next time around.
"What are the chances we could see it in November? Oh I think it's better than two to one that it'll come back and I feel very confident that if it comes back it will pass", said Smith.
The Selah school district superintendent was also encouraged by the close race. He said they will likely try to put their bond issue on the April special election ballot.
However, although these issues are being discussed, no decisions have been made yet about having another vote on the strong mayor and Selah school bond issues.