YAKIMA, Wash. – Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty announced Tuesday he will run for re-election because he says there is more work to do in that office.
"The Prosecutor's Office has taken a lot of steps in the right direction during the last year," he said in the statement released to the media. We have begun to change the philosophy and the culture of the office. We have reduced the backlog of cases that were clogging our courts."
Hagarty was previously election last fall to finish Ron Zirkle's term as prosecuting attorney. Hagarty began in that role in 2009 after the Yakima County Commissioners selected him to replace Zirkle after his resignation in 2008.
"I hope Yakima County voters will honor me with the opportunity to continue to lead the prosecuting attorneys and the dedicated and hardworking members of the office into the future," he went on to say in the statement. "I hope voters will support our efforts to make our county a better and safer community."
The election for this position and other county offices will be in November.