Northwest Yakima's District 6th City Council seat is open.  Single-term councilman Brad Hill has chosen not to seek re-election which has opened the door for candidate Lisa Wallace.

First impression - Lisa is smart, articulate, prepared, and passionate.  It's pretty clear she is all about wanting to help people and make Yakima a better place while at the same time, reminding the rest about what a good place Yakima already is.

Wallace's background includes time serving on Yakima's planning commission as well as working in the courts advocating for victims and youth.  She describes herself as an independent voter and was surprised to see that the Progressive Democrat Voters Guide recommended her as the choice for District #6.

She says she's running for office with the intent of serving her hometown. She loves Yakima and plans to stay so she decided to get involved to work on her "home."

Out on the doorbell trail, Wallace says she heard a lot of concerns about traffic, speed, and safety as well as crime and violence.

She and her husband own Peak Performance Physical Therapy and she has spent a lot of time reading the state's regulations on Covid protocols for business. They follow the law because the law also includes stiff penalties, but Wallaces says she would prefer multiple options for covid concern compliance... as other states have!

When asked what it takes to be a successful council representative she said someone willing to do the homework, get the background on issues, listen and respond to constituents, and ask the hard questions.

Here's our interview with 6th District Yakima City Council candidate Lisa Wallace.

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