For the last four years, Brad Hill has served as the City Council representative for Northwest Yakima's 6th District but Hill has chosen not to seek re-election. Four candidates answered the call to service but Lisa Wallace and Matt Brown were the top two vote-getters and will meet in about two weeks in the general election.
Matt Brown came on the show to talk about his background and his thoughts on making Yakima a better place to live.
Brown is a Pastor at Yakima's Four Square Gospel Church on 40th. He owns a small business, he's a married father of three, and he says he's ready to go to work to tackle crime, homelessness, housing, and the other issues facing the city.
Matt Brown understands that his position as a Pastor might concern some but he says he understands separating church and state. He also says his faith would guide him in his approach to tackling the problems of Yakima in line with the American Constitution.
Brown isn't in favor of new taxes but he does believe investments are necessary to bring Yakima's first responders equipment up to date, to hire enough officers to fill out Yakima's police roster and he thinks the way to do it is by expanding the tax base through more new business. That, he says, will require reviewing codes and requirements and making some changes, something with which his opponent agrees.
Brown sees Covid mandates as overreach and encroachment on Yakima residents' freedom. He doesn't support mandates