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Know Your Candidates: Yakima City Council, District 6

Know Your Candidates: Yakima City Council, District 6 (featuring Micaela Razo and Brad Hill)

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Ballots are due August 1 for multiple races in Yakima County's primary election.

Last week Action News introduced voters to the people running for Yakima's city council seat for District 2 and 4.

There is also a position open for District 6, which will be vacated by Maureen Adkison. Since only two candidates are running they will automatically go head-to-head in the November election.

A mother of three and raised in Grandview, Micaela Razo said she's able to bring balance between district needs and the community as a whole.

"I was a PTA mom, a PTO mom; I was a director for our area and at the same time I worked and did a lot of volunteer with nonprofit organizations and our churches," said Razo.

The former stay-at-home mom and Central Washington University (CWU) graduate is now a private consultant working in advocacy for several years, helping with campaigns and various initiatives and bills addressing education and community issues.

"I work at a state level and at a local level; I work with our senators, our representatives, and with our Congress," said Razo.

Razo said she is dedicated to aligning local and state policies and bringing in more outside resources.

If elected to city council, her focus will be fiscal responsibility; economic development for small businesses; infrastructure, and neighborhood safety.

"I humbly ask for our voters to look at those things and understand that I've given what I can to our community and will continue giving," said Razo.

But her opponent shared some other ideas to improve the city.

Born and raised in Yakima, Brad Hill joined the Marine Corps, then worked at The Pentagon, and as a congressional liaison.

Returning to Yakima in 2012, Hill has been the director of Fort Simcoe Job Corps.

"I work with disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24 to get them gainful employment and teach them employment skills," said Hill. "They live with us in a residential environment and they study vocational training."

Centering on the youth, Hill said improving community relations is necessary, as he volunteers with Yakima Rotary and serving on the Exploratory Committee for equal rights.

Now Hill aims to reduce crime, and eliminate wasteful spending and taxes while increasing transparency and accountability of city government.

"I'm 100 percent invested in Yakima and I'm doing this because I want to serve the community," said Hill. "I intend to live here and remain in Yakima the rest of my life so it's really important to me on a personal level that we make good decisions."

Both candidates said they are committed to transforming Yakima.

If you live in District 2, 4, or 6 and didn't receive a ballot for the city council race you can go to the auditor's office located at 128 N. 2nd Street.

Ballots must be postmarked and returned by August 1. About 7,800 ballots have come in but 41,000 were sent out.

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