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Council Appoints Rodriguez, First Ever Latino Council Member

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YAKIMA, Wash. - City Council made a historic appointment Monday by choosing the first ever Latino council member.

Attorney Sonia Rodriguez was named by the council Monday afternoon at City Hall.  Rodriquez received four votes at the special meeting, Maureen Adkison had two votes. 

Mayor Dave Edler was one of the four votes for Rodriguez.  He said the council did not pick her just because she is Latino.

"Underlying all discussion was, we're not going to appoint diversity for diversity's sake, there has to be someone that we sense is very, very, qualified," said Edler. "Equally qualified with any other candidate and we believe that is true in Sonia."

Rodriguez runs her own law firm and has been in Yakima since 2000. 

She will finish Norm Johnson's term that ends next year.  Johnson moved his resignation date to Sunday, allowing the council to make the appointment earlier than planned. 

Rodriguez will be sworn in at the next regular city council meeting on Jan. 6.