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The City of Yakima Welcomes New Members to City Council

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YAKIMA, WA.- On Tuesday we said goodbye to four Yakima City Council members who served the city for years, but Wednesday afternoon a new era was ushered in, the new City Council gathered for a swearing in ceremony.

It was certainly an historic day for the city, this is the first time in Yakima history that three Latina woman were seated on City Council, not to mention their will be 6 women and only one man serving on City Council, this is another first for the city.

    

City Council members told us it's refreshing, not only will this give Latino voters and residents here in Yakima more of a voice, but it will also bring a new dynamic to City Council with a majority of the members being woman.

"It's a trend we're starting to see all over the country and I'm just really excited to get to work with all of these people. they all have different skill sets and something unique to bring to the table, so I think we have a real opportunity to move forward here in Yakima," New Councilwoman Avina Gutierrez told us.

    

Avina Gutierrez , Dulce Gutierrez, Carmen Mendez, and Holly Cousens are all first time city councilwomen.  

    

They'll be joined by returning members Maureen Adkison, Kathy Coffey, and Bill Lover.  

The four new members won't officially take their positions on City Council until the first of January.

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