Rural Living in the Heart of the Yakima Valley

City Government


Laura Vazquez

Laura Vazquez

Prior to being elected as Mayor of Mabton, Laura Vazquez, was the owner of the El Stop and Go diner in Mabton, which she loved. Laura was born in Globe, Arizona. At the age of four her family moved to Washington and resided in Buena. Laura's family began to work in the agriculture field. At the age of five her family moved to Mabton finding full time employment at a hop ranch.Laura attended Mabton School district through her junior year in high school. She left Mabton for a few years, and then came back to raise her children in Mabton because it’s a small town and she wanted the best for her children. Before she became a business owner she worked at the Mabton mini mart for many years. She also worked as a visiting supervisor contracted by Child Protective Services. Laura loves to help out her community and make a difference. She has volunteered on many occasions within the years and will continue to serve the City of Mabton and our community and help it move forward.

Laura was elected Mayor in November 2017.

City Council

Diana Castaneda

Diana Castaneda
Position 1

Councilmember Diana Castaneda is a single mom, with two daughters and a son. She has lived in Mabton since 1972.  She was employed with Yakima Health District for 34 years until she retired, and also worked one year as a security officer for Sunnyside. Diana loves to spend time with her family, flowers, music and traveling.  Also, she enjoys meeting people, getting to know them and giving a helping hand when it is needed. 


Councilwoman Sophia Sotello

Sophia Sotello
Position 2

Councilmember Sophia Sotello is married and has one daughter. She has lived in Mabton most of her life. She graduated from Mabton High School in 1984. Then, Sophia moved away after graduation but came back to Mabton to live in 1991 and has lived here ever since. Sophia has been employed with the US Postal Service since 1998.

Mark Gourneau Mark Gourneau
Position 3
Councilwoman Vera Zavala

Vera Zavala
Position 4

Councilmember Vera Zavala 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

Councilmember 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 Arturo 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.  Arturo 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 Arturo 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.