Kevin Bouchey, a farmer from Toppenish, has announced his intention to run for Yakima County Commissioner, district two.
He has been a resident of the county throughout his lifetime. President and Chief Executive Officer of Toppenish's SKD Farms, Inc., he has been in business for 27 years.
Bouchey has served as chairman of several councils and commissions, including the Washington State Potato Commission, Washington Agriculture Presidents Group and the Washington Asparagus Commission.
He said he feels there is a "...need for change in the status quo," and that is his first reason for seeking the county commissioner's seat. "Since the incumbent announced his intention to seek re-election, I have been approached by individuals from all parts of the county, who want a change in leadership," stated Bouchey.
He said those who have approached him feel a need for better decision making, fiscal management of tax dollars and someone who listens.
Bouchey feels he will provide common sense, business management skills and leadership to the county commissioner's seat.
As a Lower Yakima Valley resident, he feels there is a need for the area to be represented by a local resident. The incumbent, Ron Gamache, formerly farmed near Toppenish, but has since moved to the Yakima area.
Bouchey hopes to coordinate an approach to dealing with gang crime throughout the county. He said, "It doesn't make sense for us to keep squeezing gangs from one part of the county to another with uncoordinated crime fighting policies."
He said he believes economic growth is the key to dealing with criminal justice and road maintenance needs, and he has a desire to give back to the community because "...this valley has been very good to me and my family."