Last week was candidate filing week in Yakima County and the state of Washington. For the first time all three Yakima County Commissioners will appear on the ballot.
Changes in political boundaries after redistricting last year split the county into northern and southern districts and a third district making up most of the city of Yakima.
The redistricting is the result of a settlement between Yakima County and One America an immigrant rights group in the state.
Under a settlement all three commission seats are up for grabs this year
The group sued the county over it’s election system saying it was unfair to Hispanics.
Under a settlement, the three Yakima County Commissioner seats will all be up for election in 2022.
Yakima County Commissioner Ron Anderson has decided not to run for re-election, but District 1 incumbent Commissioner Amanda McKinney and District 3 incumbent Commissioner LaDon Linde both say they’re running for another term in office.
If no one files against the current incumbent then they’ve automatically earned another term if they are running for re-election. Last week the District 1 seat held by Amanda McKinney was the only seat that was unchallenged. People filed in the District 2 and District 3 races.
The Auditor is now preparing for the August 2 primary election
Other offices that went unchallenged last week include Yakima County Auditor, Prosecutor, Sheriff and Treasurer. All the current incumbents in those positions will now serve another term.
The primary election is set for August 2. The general election happens on Tuesday, November 8.
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