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YAKIMA COUNTY — Although the 2019 Washington State General Election results were certified Tuesday, Nov. 26, by the Yakima County Election officials, their work is not finished. What remains are three local council races which are still too close to call. Each vote sent in, is especially precious in this election cycle.

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BENTON COUNTY — Benton County residents have been scratching their heads over an unusual rash of high stakes internal investigations and actions taken by Benton County elected officials over the past five months. On the heels of a Benton County Sheriff investiga­tion, a five-month Port of Benton internal investiga­tion was brought to light in a Special Port Commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

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PROSSER — First term Washington State House of Representative Bill Jenkin (R-District), of Prosser, has announced his candidacy for the Washington State 16th Legislative District Senate seat currently held by the retiring Maureen Walsh.

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PROSSER — The leadership of West Benton Fire and Rescue, (WBFR) had a difficult decision to make, but make it they did. Following the unexpected July 10, 2019, passing of the former long-time Benton County Commissioner and first time WBFR Fire Commissioner, Max Benitz, Jr., of Prosser at the age of 72, the board appointed a replacement commissioner to fill the vacancy left by the iconic, long-serving Prosser 'hometown boy.'

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SUNNYSIDE — Yakima County Elections Office staff have, with the exception of a handful of challenged ballots, completed their count for the 2019 General Election.

Results last updated: Thursday, November 14, 4:00PM

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UPPER and LOWER VALLEY — Yakima and Benton County Election offices continue to count historic levels of last-minute ballots. With less than 30% return rate in Benton County and 32 percent in Yakima County, nearly half the votes came in the last couple days for Yakima.

Last updated: Tuesday, November 12 at 3:00 PM

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SUNNYSIDE — In a regular 6:30 p.m., council meeting held Oct. 28, 2019, with Councilman Jim Restucci absent, attending council and mayor approved a one percent property tax increase in a flurry of business actions.

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SUNNYSIDE — There is no reportable movement in the Washington State Attorney General’s lawsuit against the City of Sunnyside, and the City’s subsequent Motion to Dismiss, as of Monday, Nov. 4.

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YAKIMA COUNTY — Yakima County voters new to the county and wanting to register to vote, can both register and vote in the upcoming Nov. 5, General Election, on election day. State law allows Washington voters to come in person to the Yakima County Election’s Department to register and vote the same day, with identification and proof of address.

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Sunnyside voters and voters throughout the valley should have received their 2019 primary election ballots in the mail. Primary election season is open now, through election day, Tues., Aug. 6, when ballots are counted.

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SUNNYSIDE – Local business owner Silvia Ramos, in a statement given to the Sunnyside Sun last week, withdrew formally from the Sunnyside City Council Position 5 race.

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