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Newest Yakima City Council Member Sworn In

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YAKIMA, Wash-- A packed house welcomed the newest member of the Yakima City Council. Sonia Rodriguez was sworn in tonight.

Rodriguez was quite tonight, but she said she's not afraid to go head-to-head with some of the strong personalities on the council.

A full council chamber could hardly wait for Rodriguez to be sworn in. A round of applause filled the room as community members and her family cheered her on. 

Chosen by the city council, she's filling the vacancy left by Norm Johnson. She's the first Latino appointed to the Yakima City Council. But, it's her impressive resume that set her apart from other applicants.

"I wanted to make sure that I wasn't seen as the person who represents the entire Latino community. I mean the Latino community just like the non-Latino community is very diverse, people have different interests," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said the Latino community has been very supportive. She plans to utilize the advice.  Rodriguez heads a family law practice, so she'll bring that unique perspective to council as well.

With such a busy schedule Rodriguez said it's going to be a challenge but, she's ready and willing to become a positive addition to city council.