Commissioner Leita announces re-election bid

YAKIMA - Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita will seek a third term this fall.

That's according to an announcement he made this morning, Wednesday, in front of the Yakima County Courthouse.

"I've had the privilege of being elected twice as District 1 County Commissioner and I would like to serve another four years," Leita told the Daily Sun News this morning.

Leita said he chose now to announce his re-election bid because the candidate filing period is in May. "That's not very far away," he said.

Leita represents a portion of Yakima County that covers much of the city of Yakima, stretching north of Tieton Drive and west of I-82 all the way up to White Pass and including the communities of Selah and Naches.

In his announcement this morning, Leita pointed to successes over the past eight years such as implementing "fiscally sound and disciplined budgeting policies."

Leita also noted the past two terms have seen the county's purchasing department consolidated with the city of Yakima's, as well as the execution of a 2020 master plan for all county facilities.

"There are still some important challenges that lie ahead," he said of the next four years. Leita says those include a more dependable water supply, resolving the county's jail issues and finding a better model for the county's law and justice system.

Leita first ran and was elected to the commissioner post in 2004 against a field of several opponents.

He was unopposed in his successful re-election bid in 2008.

"Either I'm doing a good job or a lot of people are smarter than I am," Leita quipped about his unopposed run in 2008.


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