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Candidates begin filing for public office

Candidates for the 2010 election season began filing for office yesterday and Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) was among those announcing their bid for election.

Honeyford said, "It has been a privilege to represent all the people of the 15th Legislative District, and I would like to continue to work for you."

He said he enjoys hearing from his constituency, helping the community with issues affecting them.

"I do my own email almost every day and answer you promptly so that we can get results quickly," Honeyford shared.

He believes he has been an effective legislator and has worked diligently to sponsor and pass legislation he believes will work for the good of the district.

"I have the health, energy and time to devote to this job, plus the support of my good wife," Honeyford gave a nod to his wife Jerri.

Another local who's thrown his hat in for re-election is Judge Donald W. Engel. He seeks re-election for Yakima County District Court judge, position three. Engel does not yet have any opponents.

The latest update on the filings was posted at approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Further updates will be posted on the Yakima County auditor's website on a daily basis.

Not yet listed were candidates for the U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative posts currently held by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Doc Hastings.

15th District Representative Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) is the position one incumbent but the auditor's office has not yet listed whether or not he has filed for re-election.

Yakima County Assessor Dave Cook, Auditor Corky Mattingly, Clerk Kim M. Eaton, Coroner Jack B. Hawkins, Sheriff Ken Irwin and Treasurer Ilene Thomson have all filed for re-election.

Yakima County Commissioner Rand Elliott (R-Moxee) is also seeking to be re-elected.

Besides Engel seeking the district court judge position, four others have filed for the Yakima County District Court. Glen Warren and Brian Sanderson have both filed for Yakima County District Court Judge position two. The current incumbent, Rod Fitch, hadn't filed for re-election as of yesterday's latest update. Doug Federspiel and Bronson Faul have both filed for the District Court judge's position held by Donald Thompson Jr. Thompson is not seeking re-election.

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