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Historic General Election Results for the City of Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA.- An historic election night for the City of Yakima, all seven city council seats were up for re-election Tuesday night and 4 new faces will be taking their place on the Yakima City Council.

3 young woman made history, they're the first Latina candidates to ever sit on the Yakima City Council. Candidate Avina Gutierrez took in 61 percent of the votes in District 3, she spoke with us after her win, she says see's this opportunity as a fresh start for the City of Yakima, "I just think it's progress, I think it's moving, it's opportunities for growth in a positive way and I am just so excited to be apart of that."

Carmen Mendez running in a none Latino majority district, beat her opponent by only 4% of the vote, she's excited for her win, but also anxiously awaiting tomorrow's late ballots that could change her win.

"Our city is moving in a different direction, they want to be represented, and it doesn't matter what the color of your skin is or your ethnicity, they want to know someone qualified is going to get the job done," Mendez said.

Holly Cousens will also be a new face on City Council for District 7 and Dulce Gutierrez will be taking her position on City Council for District 1.  

"I'm just so happy to see the voters came out in District 1, we have a lot of making up to do and I'm extremely excited to see what's going to come," Dulce Gutierrez told us after her win Tuesday night.

There are still votes to be counted Wednesday morning, the Auditor's Office told us right now they believe they still have over 4,000 votes that could change the outcome of Tuesday's election.

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