The Ritzville Adams County Journal - Eastern Adams County's Only Independent Voice Since 1887

By Brandon Cline
Managing Editor 

Election 2019: Ritzville's mayoral race

Incumbent Gary Cook explains why he's running for another term, looks back at positives and negatives of first term


Last updated 10/24/2019 at 11:12am

Journal photo by Brandon Cline

Ritzville mayor Gary Cook.

The Ritzville mayoral race is the only contested local race on the ballot in eastern Adams County in this year's general election, as incumbent Mayor Gary Cook seeks a second term while challenger David Ahrens is vying to become Ritzville's next mayor.

Cook has served as Ritzville's mayor since running unopposed and being elected to the position in the 2015 general election. Prior to that, Cook had served on the Ritzville City Council since October 2004.

The Journal had the opportunity to talk with the candidates ahead of the Nov. 5 election, discussing issues such as the role the city can...

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