Yakima County’s Legislative Representatives Will Be …
Ninety-eight state House seats were up for grabs across Washington state this election, with Democrats currently holding a two-vote, 50-48 advantage.
Yakima County voters in the northern 13th district of Yakima, Kittitas, Lincoln and Grant counties were faced with a race where Democrat Sylvia Hammond was facing Incumbent Republican Matt Manweller, who vowed to step down if elected due to legal challenges facing him over allegations of professorial misbehavior with some female students. Manweller says he's innocent and plans to sue Central Washington University, but he has also been stripped of his legislative assignments by the House, so he says he is a placeholder for the seat to be given to another Republican if he wins. What we know at this point is in Yakima County, Maweller leads Hammond 73 to 25 percent.
In the other race in the 13th, Republican incumbent Tom Dent jumps out with a big lead over Democrat Jesse H. Oakey, 78 to 20 percent.
In the 14th District, incumbent Republican Gina McCabe won 65 percent to Democrat Liz Hallock's 33 percent -- but again, these are Yakima County numbers only. Klickitat, Skamania and eastern Clark County numbers are not factored in.
And in the other 14th District race, Rep. Norm Johnson, a Republican, retires and Republican newcomer Chris Corry leads Democrat challenger Sasha Bently 64 to 35 percent.
In the 15th District of eastern Yakima County, the primary defeat of four-term Republican Dave Taylor opened up the race for a couple of first timers with Republican Jeremie Dufault defeating Democrat A.J. Cooper 66 to 33 percent.
Incumbent Rep. Bruce Chandler has an easy win over Democrat Jack McEntire 65 to 34 percent.
And 20-year incumbent Sen. Jim Honeyford easily defeats his Democrat challenger Bengie Aguilar, 66 to 33 percent.