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The race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, is packed. Twelve people have filed for the office. Eight Republicans, two Democrats and two independents have filed. The Republicans are Dan Newhouse , Clint Didier, State Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, George Cicotte, Gavin Seim, Kevin Midbust, Glen R. Stockwel and Gordon Allen Pross. Democrats Estakio Beltran and Tony Sandoval and independents Richard Wright and Josh Ramirez.

The race for Yakima County sheriff will also be crowded. Six candidates will be trying to replace retiring Sheriff Ken Irwin — Jeff Ketchum, Jim Keightly, Richard Mottice, Brian Winter, Anthony Bosworth and Steve Changala.

The Yakima County auditor’s race will have four candidates to replace the retiring Corky Galloway: Earl Hall, Micah Cawley, Charles Ross and Kyle Freeborn.

The Yakima County clerk’s race will have five candidates vying to replace the retiring Kim Eaton — Janelle Riddle, Kathleen Carter, Steve Driscoll, Jose Trevino and Sarah Metheny.

The race for Yakima County prosecutor has drawn two candidates — local attorney Joe Brusic and Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor Troy Clements. The two are trying to replace Jim Hagarty, who is not running for re-election.

15th District Republican state Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, will face Democrat Gabriel Munoz.

15th District Republican state Rep. Dave Taylor will face Democrat Teodora Martinez Chavez.

The race to replace 14th District state Rep. Charles Ross will include four candidates — Republicans Ben Shoval, Gina McCabe and Adam Yoest, along with Democrat Paul George. Ross is not seeking re-election because he is running for Yakima County auditor.

14th District state Rep. Norm Johnson, Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliot, Yakima County Assessor Dave Cook and Yakima County Treasurer Ilene Thompson are all running unopposed.  All of the District Court judges are also running unopposed.

The primary election is set for Aug. 5.

The top two finishers in each race, regardless of party, will advance to the General Election this November.

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