Yakima Council District #2 Candidate Raul Martinez
Meet the candidates for Yakima's southeast City Council District #2. The district has four candidates seeking the seat currently held by Jason White. White decided not to seek re-election which opens the door for the first-time candidates, all with long-term ties to the district community.
The district was created in 2015 to be a Minority-Majority district meaning boundary lines for the 13,358 residents were drawn in such a way so as to create the possibility for more minority voters cast than anglo votes - depending on voter participation. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it would dramatically increase voter turnout and Hispanic resident's participation. While the turnout prediction hasn't been proven true yet, the participation expectation comes true with the 2021 slate of all four Hispanic Candidates.
KIT's third interview for the district #2 seat was with 21-year-old Raul Martinez who is studying policy & economics at Central Washington University.