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Applications Are Being Accepted for Soon To Be Vacant City Council Seat

The Yakima City Council will accept applications until Tuesday, December 31st at noon from qualified candidates interested in filling the vacancy on the Council that will be created by Sara Bristol’s resignation from her District 2 seat at the end of the year.

To be eligible, applicants must 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.

Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s office no later than noon on December 31st. As part of the application form, candidates are being asked to submit a statement of 200 words or less describing why they would like to serve the remainder of Bristol’s term, which expires at the end of 2015. Applicants are also encouraged to submit a resume detailing their relevant experience.

Following the close of the application period on December 31st, the remaining six Council
members will review the applications and determine which candidates will be interviewed.
Candidate interviews will then be scheduled to be conducted during an open meeting of the
Council, which is required by state law. As of now, the Council has not set a deadline for
naming Bristol’s replacement.

Bristol is resigning from her seat because she and her family are moving back to her hometown of Grants Pass, Oregon where Bristol and her husband, Chris, have both accepted jobs with the Grants Pass Daily Courier newspaper. Bristol will be working for the newspaper as a copy editor. Her husband took over as the Daily Courier’s city editor in late October.
Anyone wanting more information about the process, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler by phone (901-1142) or by email (

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