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District-Based Election System Established.

On August 9, 2018, the Wenatchee City Council passed Ordinance No. 2018-19 which establishes five voting districts and two at-large for the positions of City Council Members. The Ordinance will go into effect on September 13, 2018. At the August 23, 2018, City Council meeting the City Council determined representatives for each district. See Resolution No. 2018-29

The Council District Map can be found here.


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The Wenatchee City Council consists of seven members who have been elected by the residents of Wenatchee to serve staggered terms.

In general, the Council develops and adopts City policies that govern operations proposed by the Mayor. The Council establishes and outlines goals and priorities, including budgetary framework and personnel policies. The Council does not make personnel decisions or manage the work of City employees.

The Council approves all City contracts and expenditures and provides guidance to the Mayor or other City representatives.

Regular meetings of the Wenatchee City Council are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 5:15 PM. Work sessions are held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:15 PM. Meetings are held at the Wenatchee City Hall, 301 Yakima Street, 3rd Floor, Wenatchee, WA.

The Wenatchee City Council is comprised of the following seven members:


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District 1
Jose Luis Cuevas (2023)

923 Walker Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 881-1256 (c)

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Born, raised and a believer of the Roman Catholic Church, Jose has been a resident of Wenatchee since 1988. Jose worked in orchards picking cherries and apples in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1998 and attended Wenatchee Valley College. 

He and his wife married in 2002, and have three children. He spends most of his free time, attending his children's extra-curricular activities. He and his wife served as marriage counselors for nine years with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter at St. Joseph’s Church.

In 1999 he worked for the Washington State Migrant Council as one of the first members in the State to be part of Americorps. During that time, he focused training farmworkers in pesticide safety. While serving as a safety trainer, he decided to become a teacher. In 2000 he worked as a Paraprofessional at Columbia Elementary School, where he worked one-on-one with students and was an AmeriCorps Activities Coordinator. He continued his career from 2001-2007 at Eastmont High School. In addition to his Paraprofessional responsibilities, he was a librarian assistant, attendance assistant, an interpreter, one-on-one language arts and math, woodshop assistant, and a migrant-bilingual leader.

He has worked at Link Transit as a coach operator since 2007, and is an Insurance Producer of Primerica doing what’s right for families. 

Jose's main goals and concerns for our residents of Wenatchee is to be and represent their voice, being a leader to our community, doing what’s right and getting things done in a professional manner. He would like to make a difference for our Wenatchee.


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 District 2
Jim Bailey (2021) 

844 Kittitas Street 
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 470-0724
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In June of 2007, Jim retired from his 38-year teaching post at Wenatchee High School. In addition to his WHS teaching duties, Jim also served as adjunct faculty at Wenatchee Valley College and Seattle Pacific University. He has served on various state-wide professional boards and committees for a number of organizations, including the Washington Education Association, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington, and the Washington State Council for the Social Studies.

Jim has offered his talents to various City organizations for the past 25 years and considers his position as a City Councilmember a stewardship responsible for protecting and enhancing the property, facilities and programs of the City. As a Councilmember, his priorities include increasing citizen input and communication to the Council, encouraging sustainable economic diversity and supporting affordable housing efforts.

Jim and his wife have three grown children and six grandchildren. He enjoys reading, hiking, biking, backpacking, alpine climbing, traveling and spending time with family. 
 

Esparza Ruth

District 3
Ruth Esparza (2021)

2106 Sutton Place
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 881-7253
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Ruth Esparza is an experienced attorney in Wenatchee Washington. Ruth's mission is to empower her clients, protect their rights, and achieve fair results.  She attended Wenatchee Valley College earning her Associates of Arts Degree in 2000. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Political Science Degree in 2002. At Gonzaga University School of Law, Ruth earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005.  

As a city councilmember Ruth actively serves on the following boards: Wenatchee Downtown Association, Tourism Promotion Area, and Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. She also participates in various other boards and committees, which work on issues in her community. Ruth has previously served on the Wenatchee Community Center Board and the Volunteer Attorney Services Board. Having worked in a wide variety of boards for many years, Ruth’s experience allows her to bring a broad perspective for decisions affecting our entire community. She also understands the importance of citizen involvement and makes herself available with an open mind to questions and concerns.

Having lived in Wenatchee for the last 33 years, Ruth’s priority on the Wenatchee City Council is to maintain financial security and safeguard the small town values of this community, as we look towards the future. Population growth has brought challenges to the City of Wenatchee. Ruth is prioritizing housing development and has been working diligently with community stakeholders to incentivize housing development and to find solutions for better land use.

In 2018, Ruth began her own solo law practice Esparza Law, PLLC. Ruth's practice is with civil litigation including family, immigration, property rights, wills and probate. Ruth is also a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Washington.         

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 District 4
 Travis Hornby (2023)

25 North Wenatchee Avenue, Suite 109
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 429-5729 (c)

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Travis grew up in a rural community in northern Idaho. He graduated from Upper Columbia Academy in 1994. He then graduated with his RN Nursing Degree from Walla Walla Community College in 1999. Travis and his wife, Dr. Shauna Hornby, moved to Wenatchee in 2006 after she finished her residency in Pediatrics. Travis is a small business owner of Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt in Moses Lake, Washington.

Travis is passionate about our community and serves on many boards and committees.  He is president of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, vice president of Wenatchee Valley TREAD, vice chair for the Resource Advisory Committee, and a member of Stemilt Recreation Planning Committee.

Travis is energized to serve the residents of Wenatchee and District 4. District 4 is the heart of Wenatchee. He is focusing on business development and creating a friendly business environment. With forward and strategic thinking, Wenatchee can provide more in the area of better job opportunities and generate avenues for economic growth.

Travis and his wife enjoy the great outdoors of the Wenatchee Valley. Hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, fishing, white water rafting, water skiing and boating. His vision is to improve the quality of life for all residents and to promote and protect the amazing qualities of the city of Wenatchee.


   
 Mark Kulaas 2016

District 5
Mark Kulaas (2023) 
           
PO Box 994 
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 668-2658 (h) (509) 884-7173 (w)
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Born and raised in Wenatchee, Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve the public. He was elected in 2003, and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. Mark is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and brings more than 35 years of professional land use planning experience to the Council. He also currently serves as the Land Services Director for Douglas County in East Wenatchee.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mark is currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Washington State Association of County and Regional Planning Directors, is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the Professional Advisory Committee for Eastern Washington University Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Rotary Club of Wenatchee (Downtown). He also holds the designation of Advanced Certified Municipal Leader bestowed by the Association of Washington Cities.

Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Council and be part of a team of elected officials and employees who share a dedication to creating a world-class community, and believes that together we can build a better City for current and future generations.
           
Current Council/Intergovernmental Assignments:
• Chair, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
• City of Wenatchee Disability Board
• City of Wenatchee Grievance Committee
• City of Wenatchee Cemetery Advisory Committee
• Wenatchee Downtown Association Board of Directors
           
City Council Priorities:
• Our physical community should develop in a manner envisioned by our citizens for the benefit of the public as a whole and not for narrowly focused, specific interests.
• Our natural community should be protected and conserved so that the environmental qualities that make us an attractive City are not lost.
• Our social and cultural community should offer a wide range of educational, financial, housing, recreational, and entertainment opportunities for all citizens, regardless of age, economic status and cultural heritage.
• Our City services, and the finances to pay for them, should be managed in a manner that assures efficient delivery at a sustainable cost.

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At-Large "A"
Linda Herald (2023)

PO Box 844
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 665-0823
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Linda has been a resident of the Wenatchee Valley since 1979, where she met her husband David and raised their two children, John and Jason. Linda and David have five grandchildren with whom they spend much of their time. Linda enjoys camping, hiking, reading and photographing. Wenatchee has remained home for them because they love the many recreational activities available and the sense of volunteering and hospitality that Wenatchee embodies.

Linda attended Spokane Falls Community College and Wenatchee Valley College studying business. Since 1986, she has worked in the hospitality industry and for the past twelve years, she has had the privilege of serving as Sales Director at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Her love for tourism and the benefits it brings to our community is the reason for her interest in serving as a Councilmember in the Wenatchee City Council. Tourism is our second largest industry and Linda believes it is a key component in solving many of our current economic problems.

Linda currently serves her community in the following organizations: Wenatchee Central Lions, former President, board member; Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, board member; Wenatchee Applarians, member of the round table; Washington Executive Society, former board member and associate member of the year.

Linda's concerns about the City of Wenatchee include resolving outstanding debt with Town Toyota Center, economic development, Riverside Drive development, promoting and expanding our tourism base, maintaining our quality of life and safety in Wenatchee. As a longtime resident of Wenatchee, she is excited to serve her community in the Wenatchee City Council.


 

Keith Huffaker

At-Large "B"
Keith Huffaker (2021)

1409 Kirby Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 885-3968
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Born and raised in Pullman, Washington, Keith moved his family to Wenatchee in 1980. He worked nights at Chief Wenatchee while attending classes at Wenatchee Valley College. Keith then worked his way up the ladder to become a forklift and line mechanic, electrician and then a self-taught computer programmer. Keith now works for Westmark industries as programmer and consultant. Westmark is very involved with product identification and data collection in the fruit industry and other packing and manufacturing businesses.

Keith’s main goal is to reach out to the citizens of Wenatchee for their input. “The tax payers of Wenatchee deserve a voice in how their money is spent. My desire is to be one of those voices for the citizens of Wenatchee. I encourage all citizens of Wenatchee to get involved in the future of our great city! I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you.”

Keith also feels he can be a great asset in helping the city of Wenatchee get back to a position of financially stability, while continuing to provide ample safety and city appeal. He believes the city of Wenatchee is going to need to live conservatively for the next few years to recover from the current state of the economy and financial position Wenatchee is currently in. “These are tough financial times not only for the citizens of Wenatchee, but all of Washington state and America. Tough choices need to be made now for the future of Wenatchee, our children and generations to come.”

Keith and his wife Robin have raised 6 children in the Wenatchee valley and now have 16 grandchildren. Robin was born and raised here and enjoys all the Wenatchee valley has to offer. She recently retired from a long career in the dental field and currently enjoys working at the Gilded Lily.

In their free time, they are members of the Wenatchee Row and Paddle club, love to walk and bike on our many trails, gardening, camping, reading, frisbee golf and attending their grandchildren’s many activities.