6 finalists named for open Yakima City Council seat

CITY OF YAKIMA NEWS RELEASE -- The Yakima City Council has chosen six people to move forward in the process to fill a vacancy on the Council created by Sara Bristol's resignation from the District 2 seat at the end of last year.

Following presentations earlier today made to the Council by all thirteen people who had applied to fill the District 2 vacancy, the Council narrowed the field to (in alphabetical order) Patricia Byers, Thomas Dittmar, Maria Giedra, Mark Johnson, Michael Liddicoat, and Dan Polage.

The six finalists will now be individually interviewed by the Council tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The Council is expected to decide who will fill the District 2 seat in time for the appointee to be sworn in at the Council's January 21st regular business meeting.

In addition to the six finalists, applications to fill the vacancy were submitted by (in alphabetical order) Michael Hayes, Lyle Kang, Nicholas Kline, Alphonso Lee, Richard Marcley, James McLean, and Tony Sloan.

To be eligible, applicants have to be registered to vote and have to live within the boundaries of Yakima City Council District 2. The borders of District 2 are, generally, Tieton Drive to the North, Ahtanum Road to the south, 40th Avenue to the west, and 1st Avenue to the east (although portions of the eastern boundary extend further east).

Bristol was elected to the Yakima City Council in November 2011 after having received more than 70% of the vote and was sworn into office in January 2012.

She resigned from her District 2 seat on December 31st because she and her family have moved back to her hometown of Grants Pass, Oregon where Bristol and her husband, Chris, now work for the Grants Pass Daily Courier newspaper. Bristol is a copy editor for the newspaper. Her husband took over as the Daily Courier's city editor in late October of last year.

The District 2 seat is one of four district-specific positions on the Council. Maureen Adkison holds the District 1 seat, Rick Ensey is the District 3 representative, and Kathy Coffey represents District 4.

The other three seats on the Council are at-large positions, which are currently held by Micah Cawley, Dave Ettl, and Bill Lover.