YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima County Democrats are moving their offices farther into Southeast Yakima in order to improve outreach in a part of the city that party leaders say is more favorable to Democratic policies.
Democrats expect to finish their move from 16 S. First St. into the former Yakima Lock and Key building at the corner of South Third and East Pine streets by the end of August.
“My opinion was the future growth of the Democratic Party in Yakima County is not in the Anglo population, it’s with the Hispanic population,” party Chairman Dany Adolf said Tuesday. “This gets us into Southeast Yakima and that’s the area we want to target for growth in the party.”
The Democrats’ current office, as well as its future office, are both in the city’s 3rd District, which has more registered voters with Spanish surnames — 2,335 people — than any of the city’s other districts.
The Yakima County Republicans’ offices are also located in the same district, but to the north at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Fourth Street.
The move began as a compromise between the Democrats and their landlord at their current offices, where a local restaurant, Tequila’s, is moving in next door and wanted to also use part of the building now occupied by the Democrats, Adolf said. Once they discussed which of the landlord’s other properties they could move to, Adolf said he saw how the change would be mutually beneficial.
Adolf said the new building also offers more parking than the First Street location.
“But the biggest plus is getting us into the neighborhoods where we want to do our biggest outreach,” he said.
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