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Earnest elected to Washington council

Illa Earnest has been elected as the Ward 3 City Council member. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)
Illa Earnest has been elected as the Ward 3 City Council member. (Caitlin Yamada/ The Union)

WASHINGTON — Illa Earnest has been elected as the Ward 3 City Council member.

During the special election on Tuesday, Earnest received 143 votes. Opponent Haleigh Brockman received 39 votes.

Earnest said it’s really exciting.

“I’m very happy and very thankful for all the people who voted for me,” She said.

Illa Earnest recently retired as the Washington city clerk.

Earnest was born and raised in Washington and attended Coe College for political science.

After working for the city for 36 years, Earnest felt this position was a good way to use her experience and pay forward the knowledge she has.

“It seemed a shame to not continue,” Earnest said.

A few projects she is interested to see completed include the street projects, the NLW subdivision and use of the Bell Land.

When previously discussing areas of improvement for Washington, Earnest said the school system is good, but housing is a problem. She said the city is continuously working on the housing system. She said recreation opportunities and day care are areas that can be improved. Employment is another area that could attract new families.

Earnest said she is looking forward to representing the community on the council and supporting projects.