Too close to call is an understatement when it comes to the Primary Election contest for Yakima County clerk.
Three of the five candidates are separated by just 68 votes. The top two from Tuesday’s Primary advance to the Nov. 4 General Election.
Sarah Matheny leads the pack with 4,690 votes, followed by Janelle Riddle with 4,665 and Kathleen Carter with 4,622 votes.
“It’s really about the closest race I’ve seen,” says Carter. She feels the indecision by voters is in part due to a lack of research before they cast their ballots.
Carter feels candidates advancing to the General Election will likely see a tough contest. “It will be a close race.”
Matheny says the indecisive Primary Election result was a surprise. If she advances to the November election, Matheny says a focus of her campaign will be for the clerk’s office to improve collections of legal fees from defendants “…to get restitution back to victims.”
The other candidates on the Primary ballot were Steve Driscoll (3,026 votes) and Jose Trevino (1,819).
The county elections office will update vote counts each afternoon at 4 p.m.
If a similar pattern holds the rest of the way, a mandatory recount would be required as there is less than one-half of 1 percent separating the three candidates who garnered the most votes.