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Hastings, Taylor pick up wins

Doc Hastings took the majority of votes in yesterday's primary race, earning 57.4 percent of the vote in his bid to be re-elected as the representative for District 4 in the U.S. Congress. He will share the November ballot with Mary Baechler of Yakima, who earned 28.44 percent of the vote.

"I'm very honored by the strong primary election results and thank the voters for their support," said Hastings (R-Pasco).

"Voters will have a clear choice in November between the Democrat candidate who is devoted to President Obama's liberal government-knows-best agenda, and my commitment to end Obamacare, the bailouts, the out-of-control spending, and the endless government red-tape in order to free small businesses to create new jobs and grow our economy," Hastings added.

Baechler said the future is more about bi-partisanship and working with opponents.

"I'm so happy, I'm so grateful to the supporters and everyone who voted," she said. "I believe the voters are smart and want people who will work across the aisle without petty differences, and that's what I intend to do."

In Legislative District 15, the race for Position 2 had a new challenger up against incumbent Republican Rep. David Taylor.

Taylor earned 67.69 percent of the votes with Pablo Gonzalez, a Democrat, garnering 32.31 percent of the primary votes.

"I'm pleased with the outcome," said Taylor. "It affirms that the voters think I'm doing a pretty good job and the principles that I stand behind are reflective of the district."

Gonzalez wasn't deterred by the results.

"We didn't have a voter pamphlet, so people didn't know who to choose, they just voted by name," said Gonzalez. "A lot of the people in this area would probably benefit more from my policies than my opponent's, so it's just a matter of putting it into higher gear to get the word out. The election is just around the corner. We're still waiting for more ballots to come in to see where the game plan needs to change."

Rep. Bruce Chandler of Granger was running unopposed for Position 1 in Legislative District 15, but was pleased with the results of the primary.

"I'm really gratified in the returns last night and grateful for the support," Chandler said. "I look at every election as a job evaluation. I always take it really seriously. We're only halfway to the general election, so there is still a lot of work to be done."

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