Ballots for this year's primary election should be arriving in the mailboxes of Yakima County voters.
More than two dozen candidates are vying for several Yakima Valley positions, including three county-level posts and three seats in the state House of Representatives. Voters in this election will decide which candidates will appear on the ballot for the general election in November.
Ballots for the primary election should be in the hands of voters by Friday. They will need to be postmarked or dropped off at one of several ballot drop boxes in the county by 8 p.m. Aug. 7.
Among other positions, voters will decide the final candidates for these contested races:
- 14th Legislative District Position 1 & 2
- 15th Legislative District Position 2
- Yakima County Commissioner District 3
- Yakima County sheriff
- Yakima County coroner
The Yakima Herald-Republic sat down with each of the 25 candidates for those positions and discussed issues pertinent to the Yakima Valley.
For the legislative positions, we asked candidates for their take on items likely to appear in the next session, such as gun control and the McCleary decision on education funding. While interviewing those seeking county-level positions, our questions centered on hot topics in Yakima County, including marijuana, immigration and the budget.