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Mayor Micah Cawley Faces Tough Re-Election Vote

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Mayor Micah Cawley is facing a tough vote to be re-elected to his third term at the head of the Yakima City Council. Mayor Micah Cawley is facing a tough vote to be re-elected to his third term at the head of the Yakima City Council.

YAKIMA, WA - Mayor Micah Cawley is facing a tough vote to be re-elected to his third term at the head of the Yakima City Council.

City council members told NBC Right Now they think Micah Cawley has done an excellent job as mayor over the past four years but some of them think it might be time for a change. 

The role of mayor in Yakima is largely a ceremonious position. Duties include representing the city at public events and conducting city council meetings. Council Member Rick Ensey says he thinks the position of mayor should rotate to a new city council member every once in a while.

"I'd like to choose someone else for mayor," Ensey said. "Micah has done a fine job and he's been mayor for 4 years now. But I'd like another council member to be mayor and it could be any of the other six."

NBC Right Now's attempts to reach Mayor Micah Cawley Tuesday were unsuccessful. Council Member Dave Ettl supports Mayor Cawley's bid for re-election. He says Cawley is a great ambassador for the city and has the trust and cooperation of the staff.

The city council will vote for mayor in their next meeting January 7th. There are currently only 6 members on the city council with Sarah Bristol leaving her seat. That means the vote for mayor could end in a 3 to 3 tie in which Mayor Cawley would continue the role until the new council member is chosen and a new vote can be taken. Thirteen people have applied to fill Bristol's seat.

For a list of all the candidates, click the link below:

http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/24337797/thirteen-apply-to-fill-yakima-city-council-district-2-vacancy

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