Rural Living in the Heart of the Yakima Valley

City Government


Mayor Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez

Mario was appointed to Mabton City Council in May 2006 and elected to continue serving in 2007 and 2011. He was elected Mayor in 2013.

Mario is the President of Renaissance Investment Group Incorporated. Prior to that position he worked as a Vocational Teacher at Wapato High School. He is currently serving on the board of the Yakima County Conference of Governments, Executive Committee Area 3, City of Mabton Budget & Capital Projects Committee, Yakima County Home Consortium, Driving Rural Yakima Valley’s Economy. Mario also participates in forums sponsored by Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council, Yakima County Development Association, New Vision, and the Association of Washington Cities.

Mario is a graduate of Central Washington University, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. He is married and has 5 children. He is a Coach for the High Definition Basketball Club and volunteers for the Mabton Community Park.

City Council

Councilwoman Oping Hutson

Oping Hutson
Position 1

I was born in Baguio City, Philippines. Married for 48 years to Marion M, Hutson. Four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Attended St. Louis College (now St. Louis University), Baguio City Philippines. Moved to Mabton in November 1972 when my husband retired from the US Air Force. Worked as Deputy Clerk for the City of Mabton for twenty-six and a half years and retired in 2004.Elected to the Mabton City Council in 2006 and reelected in 2010, my term expires December 2013.I am a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Served as past Secretary/Treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW #10384, Mabton. Currently a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW #3482, Sunnyside. Treasurer of the “Friends of the Library” Mabton a non-profit organization. Current Treasurer of “Greater Mabton Association” a non-profit organization that is in charge of organizing Mabton Community Day. Volunteered at the Mabton Food Bank for the last ten years and volunteers at the Annual Senior Christmas Dinner (Mabton) for 15 years.

Councilwoman Sophia Sotello

Sophia Sotello
Position 2

I am married and have one daughter. I’ve lived in Mabton most of my life. I graduated from Mabton High School in 1984. I moved away in August after graduation and came back to Mabton to live in 1991 and have lived here ever since. I have been employed with the US Postal Service since 1998.

Councilman Mark Gourneau Mark Gourneau
Position 3
Councilwoman Vera Zavala

Vera Zavala
Position 4

Vera was born and raised and educated in Mabton. She has raised four children and educated them in Mabton. Vera has served for 18 years on Mabton City Council.

Councilman Arturo De La Fuente

Arturo De La Fuente
Position 5

Council member Arturo De La Fuente was born in Texas and relocated to Mabton, Washington at an early age.  He was raised in Mabton, and went to school K-12 in Mabton public schools.  After graduating from Mabton High School he went overseas for 18-months.  After that he worked on a farm in the lower valley and then he was hired to work for the City of Mabton.  He worked for the city for 27 years and then retired.  He has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 28-years for the City of Mabton Fire Department.  In his leisure time he enjoys hunting and fishing.


City Council Meetings

Council meetings every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 305 N. Main Street, Mabton, WA 98935. The study session begins at 6:00pm and the regular business meeting at 7:00pm.

A public comment period is held at the beginning of each regular meeting, with five minutes allotted per person. The study session is more informal and members of the public can comment on each item of discussion. If a member of the public wants an item included on the agenda, please contact the City Staff and make a request.

View the Agenda and Minutes for the City Council on the Public Documents page:

City Council documents
Planning Commission documents
Municipal Code

Members of the public are welcome to attend City Council meetings.