Yakima County Sheriffs Lt. Brian Winter believes that he has the experience and leadership abilities to be Yakima Counties next Sheriff.  The 54 year 22 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office kicked off his campaign  at a morning news conference at the Yakima Valley Hotel and Conference Center. Supporters packed a conference room to hear Winter become the third candidate to enter the race to replace the retiring Sheriff Ken Irwin. Winter, has also spent 30 years in the Marines, including tours of duty in the Gulf War and the Iraq War.

Winter says, "If elected I will be a sheriff that will work everyday for the benefits of the citizens of Yakima County, I don't believe the law enforcement is something that should be done to people, but should be done with their consent.  I also believe it's up to me to set a personal example for what I expect from members of the Sheriffs Office."

Lt. Winter's, whose campaign theme is proven leadership, believes his fighting for our country and fighting against crime have prepared him to lead as the next Yakima County Sheriff.

Lt. Winter joins Tieton Police Chief Jeff Ketchum and Yakima County Sheriffs Sargeant Steve Changala in the race.

Winter admits that their if a rift between the Yakima County Commissioners and the Yakima County Law Enforcement Officers Guild.  Lt. Winter says he would as a bridge to solve the issues between the commissioners and the guild. The main issue is the inability to work out a contract with the union. A contract battle that is heading to arbitration.

Lt. Winter says "I am a bridge builder, I try to look for common ground."

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