Yakima County's Proposition to remake county government 1 fails
YAKIMA, Wash- In Yakima County, as of Tuesday night voters have given the Home Rule Charter proposal a resounding no. More than 17,000 voters, 66%, said they want to leave the county government the way it is now.
Yakima County's Prop One would have given voter a chance to completely remake their form of government.
Supporters say they think the issue didn't pass because they didn't have enough time to get their message out. They ran a campaign in nine weeks that say should have taken nine months.
But they told KNDO, from what they heard on the campaign trail, the county hasn't seen the last of home rule charter.
"I found there were great parts of the county that were under represented and those people want to be heard and they will find a way to be heard so I have a feeling that this will come back again", says Bernie Sims of the "Yes on Prop 1" Campaign.
Opponents of Proposition One said it would have lead to a bigger, more expensive county government.
In any case, the home rule charter story, a grass roots movement to increase representation in government, has been fascinating to follow.