Yakima Mayor Kathy Coffey has announced she's running for the Washington State Legislature filing for the 14th Legislative District seat held by the retiring Norm Johnson. "Norm is stepping down and I think it's time for me to step up."
Coffey, who was born and raised in the Yakima Valley says she wants to make Yakima a better place to live and she has priorities. Topping her list economic growth in Yakima and public safety. "The first job of government is to always keep the citizens safe."
Another priority for her is to take care of the most vulnerable and address homeless needs not only in Yakima but throughout the state of Washington.
Coffey says she will retain her seat on the Yakima City Council during her campaign.
Other candidates for the 14th District State Representitive seat include 25-year-old Garth McKinney,  President of Mahre Property Management in Yakima and 30-year-old Sasha Bentley, a consultant from the White Salmon area.