A Yakima mortgage lender and community volunteer, Amanda Mckinney has announced she's running for the District 1 seat on the Yakima County Commission.

McKinney was a finalist for the position is currently held by Vicki Baker after Baker was appointed to the position last month to fill the seat vacated by now retired Mike Leita. The person who wins the seat will fill the remainder of Leita's term of 12 months.

McKinney says she brings a different perspective than Baker because she's raising a family and she's been involved in one-on-one customer service. "I think it's a unique skill to be able to relate to people and to be able to provide that customer service. I think that's something everyone hopes we can see more of in the county."

She says she wants to see better access to government with more social media posts so more people will know what's happening in Yakima County."

McKinney has a business background of over 18 years in the mortgage lending industry. As an active volunteer she has assumed leadership roles in several community organizations including the YMCA, the Greenway, United Way of Central Washington, and Rotary.

McKinney lives in Yakima with her husband, David, and their two young children, Duke and Caitlin.

Baker was not available for comment today to say whether she's running for the seat in November.

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