Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita is retiring at the end of the year and officials with the Yakima County Republican Party are still searching for candidates.  So far a  of people have declared they're candidates. They are Nolan Wentz, Earl Lee, Timothy Smith, Christine Dimas, Jamon Rivera, Juan Aguilar, Vicki Baker and Amanda Mckinney. .
The Chair of the Yakima County Republican Central Committee Debra Manjarez says if you are a registered voter in District 1 in the county you have until September 22 to declare your candidacy. She says on October 3 the Republican Party will hold an event at the Howard Johnson where they will hear from candidates and choose three people to fill the District 1 seat. Commissioners Norm Childress and Ron Anderson will then make the final choice. That person will then fill the remainder of Leita's seat and then run for re-election in 2020.
If you are interested contact the Yakima County Republican Central Committee Chair Debra Manjarez at 509-949-4268.